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FO'LIAGE, n. [L. folium, a leaf. See Foil.]
noun Etymology: Middle French fuellage, from foille leaf — more at foil Date: 1598
n. 1 leaves, leafage. 2 a design in art resembling leaves. Phrases and idioms: foliage leaf a leaf excluding petals and other modified leaves. Etymology: ME f. F feuillage f. feuille leaf f. OF foille: see FOIL(2)
Foliage Fo"li*age, n. [OF. foillage, fueillage, F. feuillage, fr. OF. foille, fueille, fueil, F. feulle, leaf, L. folium. See 3d Foil, and cf. Foliation, Filemot.] 1. Leaves, collectively, as produced or arranged by nature; leafage; as, a tree or forest of beautiful foliage. 2. A cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches; especially, the representation of leaves, flowers, and branches, in architecture, intended to ornament and enrich capitals, friezes, pediments, etc. Foliage plant (Bot.), any plant cultivated for the beauty of its leaves, as many kinds of Begonia and Coleus.
Foliage Fo"li*age, v. t. To adorn with foliage or the imitation of foliage; to form into the representation of leaves. [R.] --Drummond.
The leaves of a plant are referred to as its foliage. ...shrubs with grey or silver foliage.