Definitions for: Leaf

[n] hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)
[n] a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)
[n] the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
[v] produce leaves, of plants
[v] turn over pages; "leaf through a book"
[v] turn over the pages of; "leaf a book"
[v] look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"

Webster (1913) Definition: Leaf, n.; pl. Leaves. [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS.
le['a]f; akin to S. l?f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G.
laub,OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l["o]f, Dan.
l["o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. Lodge.]
1. (Bot.) A colored, usually green, expansion growing from
the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the
use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of
light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively
constitute its foliage.

Note: Such leaves usually consist of a blade, or lamina,
supported upon a leafstalk or petiole, which, continued
through the blade as the midrib, gives off woody ribs
and veins that support the cellular texture. The
petiole has usually some sort of an appendage on each
side of its base, which is called the stipule. The
green parenchyma of the leaf is covered with a thin
epiderm pierced with closable microscopic openings,
known as stomata.

2. (Bot.) A special organ of vegetation in the form of a
lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a
part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract,
a spine, or a tendril.

Note: In this view every part of a plant, except the root and
the stem, is either a leaf, or is composed of leaves
more or less modified and transformed.

3. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and
having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger
body by one edge or end; as :
(a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages
upon its opposite sides.
(b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged,
as of window shutters, folding doors, etc.
(c) The movable side of a table.
(d) A very thin plate; as, gold leaf.
(e) A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer.
(f) One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.

Leaf beetle (Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds upon leaves;
esp., any species of the family Chrysomelid[ae], as the
potato beetle and helmet beetle.

Leaf bridge, a draw-bridge having a platform or leaf which
swings vertically on hinges.

Leaf bud (Bot.), a bud which develops into leaves or a
leafy branch.

Leaf butterfly (Zo["o]l.), any butterfly which, in the form
and colors of its wings, resembles the leaves of plants
upon which it rests; esp., butterflies of the genus
Kallima, found in Southern Asia and the East Indies.

Leaf crumpler (Zo["o]l.), a small moth ({Phycis
indigenella}), the larva of which feeds upon leaves of the
apple tree, and forms its nest by crumpling and fastening
leaves together in clusters.

Leaf cutter (Zo["o]l.), any one of various species of wild
bees of the genus Megachile, which cut rounded pieces
from the edges of leaves, or the petals of flowers, to be
used in the construction of their nests, which are made in
holes and crevices, or in a leaf rolled up for the
purpose. Among the common American species are M. brevis
and M. centuncularis. Called also rose-cutting bee.

Leaf fat, the fat which lies in leaves or layers within the
body of an animal.

Leaf flea (Zo["o]l.), a jumping plant louse of the family

Leaf frog (Zo["o]l.), any tree frog of the genus

Leaf green.(Bot.) See Chlorophyll.

Leaf hopper (Zo["o]l.), any small jumping hemipterous
insect of the genus Tettigonia, and allied genera. They
live upon the leaves and twigs of plants. See {Live

Leaf insect (Zo["o]l.), any one of several genera and
species of orthopterous insects, esp. of the genus
Phyllium, in which the wings, and sometimes the legs,
resemble leaves in color and form. They are common in
Southern Asia and the East Indies.

Leaf lard, lard from leaf fat. See under Lard.

Leaf louse (Zo["o]l.), an aphid.

Leaf metal, metal in thin leaves, as gold, silver, or tin.

Leaf miner (Zo["o]l.), any one of various small
lepidopterous and dipterous insects, which, in the larval
stages, burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves; as,
the pear-tree leaf miner (Lithocolletis geminatella).

Leaf notcher (Zo["o]l.), a pale bluish green beetle
(Artipus Floridanus), which, in Florida, eats the edges
of the leaves of orange trees.

Leaf roller (Zo["o]l.), the larva of any tortricid moth
which makes a nest by rolling up the leaves of plants. See

Leaf scar (Bot.), the cicatrix on a stem whence a leaf has

Leaf sewer (Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth, whose caterpillar
makes a nest by rolling up a leaf and fastening the edges
together with silk, as if sewn; esp., {Phoxopteris
nubeculana}, which feeds upon the apple tree.

Leaf sight, a hinges sight on a firearm, which can be
raised or folded down.

Leaf trace (Bot.), one or more fibrovascular bundles, which
may be traced down an endogenous stem from the base of a

Leaf tier (Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth whose larva makes a
nest by fastening the edges of a leaf together with silk;
esp., Teras cinderella, found on the apple tree.

Leaf valve, a valve which moves on a hinge.

Leaf wasp (Zo["o]l.), a sawfiy.

To turn over a new leaf, to make a radical change for the
better in one's way of living or doing. [Colloq.]

They were both determined to turn over a new leaf.

Leaf, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leafed; p. pr. & vb. n.
To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the
trees leaf in May.

Synonyms: flick, flip, foliage, folio, leafage, riff, riffle, thumb

See Also: acquire, amplexicaul leaf, blade, compound leaf, cotyledon, crenate leaf, dandelion green, dentate leaf, develop, dinner table, drop-leaf, emarginate leaf, entire leaf, erose leaf, fig leaf, floral leaf, flyleaf, frond, get, greenery, grow, leaf blade, leaf form, leaf shape, leaflet, lobed leaf, pad, page, parenchyma, parted leaf, peruse, piece of paper, plant organ, produce, rosette, runcinate leaf, scale, scale leaf, section, seed leaf, segment, serrate leaf, sheet, sheet of paper, simple leaf, sporophyl, sporophyll, turn, turn over, verdure, written communication, written language

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