- n. A term inherited from Germanic "lāf" "louf" "loof" "loub" "lauf", among others. A flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk, and in most plants is the chief organ of photosynthesis and transpiration; one of the parts of a plant which collectively constitute its foliage.
- Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (eds). The Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. [www.oed.com]
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