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foliation (n.)

1620s, from Latin foliat-, stem of folium "a leaf" (see folio).

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Definitions of foliation from WordNet

foliation (n.)
(botany) the process of forming leaves;
Synonyms: leafing
foliation (n.)
(geology) the arrangement of leaflike layers in a rock;
foliation (n.)
(architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament;
Synonyms: foliage
foliation (n.)
the production of foil by cutting or beating metal into thin leaves;
foliation (n.)
the work of coating glass with metal foil;
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