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foliaceous

fo·li·a·ceous

foliaceous

pronunciation:
fo li eI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, or like a plant leaf.
definition 2: having leaves or parts like leaves.
definition 3: laminated in thin leaflike layers, as certain rocks.
derivation: foliaceousness (n.)
Word Parts
The word foliaceous contains the following parts:
foli, foil Latin root that means leaf, page
-aceous Latin adjective-forming suffix that means resembling, related to, made of, or, in biological science, belonging to (a taxonomic class)
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The suffix -aceous occurs in adjectives that are Latin loanwords, and hence attaches to Latin noun roots. Words ending in -aceous are often formal and used in biological science. These scientific adjectives ending in -aceous have corresponding nouns ending in -aceae (plants) and -acea (animals), which are names for taxonomic families.