leaf NOUN (pl. leaves) 1) a flattened, typically green, structure of a plant, that is attached to a stem and is the chief site of photosynthesis and transpiration. 2) the state of having leaves: the trees were in leaf. 3) a single thickness of paper, especially in a book. 4) gold, silver, or other metal in the form of very thin foil. 5) a hinged or detachable part, especially of a table.
VERB 1) (of a plant) put out new leaves. 2) (leaf through) turn over (pages or papers), reading them quickly or casually.
turn over a new leaf — Cf. ↑turn over a new leaf
DERIVATIVES leafage noun leafed (also leaved) adjective leafless adjective.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • Leaved — Leaved, a. [From {Leaf}.] Bearing, or having, a leaf or leaves; having folds; used in combination; as, a four leaved clover; a two leaved gate; long leaved. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -leaved — [ leaved] [‑liːvd] ; [‑liːvd] » ↑leaf …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaved — (adj.) having leaves, pp. adjective from verb leave to put forth leaves, mid 13c., from LEAF (Cf. leaf) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • leaved — [lēvd] adj. having leaves: usually in hyphenated compounds …   English World dictionary

  • -leaved — leafed, leaved Both forms are in use in combinations such as broad leafed/ leaved and four leafed/ leaved, but there is a preference for leaved in current use …   Modern English usage

  • leaved — adjective Date: 13th century having leaves usually used in combination < palmate leaved > < a four leaved clover > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • -leaved — [[t] liːvd[/t]] also leafed COMB in ADJ leaved or leafed combines with adjectives to form other adjectives which describe the type of leaves a tree or plant has. ...broad leaved trees. ...very dense and small leafed maples …   English dictionary

  • Leaved — Leave Leave, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}] To send out leaves; to leaf; often with out. G. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaved — /livd/ (say leevd) adjective 1. having leaves. 2. (as second element in a compound adjective) having a specified type of leaf: broad leaved. Also, leafed …  

  • leaved — adj. 1 having leaves. 2 (in comb.) having a leaf or leaves of a specified kind or number (four leaved clover) …   Useful english dictionary

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