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foliate (adj.)

1620s, "beaten into thin sheets," from Medieval Latin foliatus "leaved, leafy," from Latin folium "a leaf" (see folio). As "leaf-like" from 1650s.

foliate (v.)

1660s (implied in foliated), "to apply silver leaf," from Medieval Latin foliatus "leaved, leafy," from Latin folium "a leaf" (see folio). Meaning "put forth leaves" is from 1775. Related: Foliated; foliating.

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Definitions of foliate
1
foliate (v.)
hammer into thin flat foils;
foliate metal
foliate (v.)
decorate with leaves;
foliate (v.)
coat or back with metal foil;
foliate glass
foliate (v.)
number the pages of a book or manuscript;
Synonyms: paginate / page
foliate (v.)
grow leaves;
the tree foliated in Spring
2
foliate (adj.)
ornamented with foliage or foils;
foliate tracery
a foliated capital
Synonyms: foliated
foliate (adj.)
(often used as a combining form) having or resembling a leaf or having a specified kind or number of leaves;
foliate (adj.)
(especially of metamorphic rock) having thin leaflike layers or strata;
Synonyms: foliated / foliaceous
From wordnet.princeton.edu