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  1. leaf
    IPA[lēf]
    • 1. a flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration:

      many of the trees had lost their leaves bay leaves an oak leaf
      Synonym : frond, flag, needle, pad, blade, bract, leaflet, cotyledon, foliole
    • 2. any of a number of plant structures similar to leaves, e.g. bracts, sepals, and petals.

      Synonym : frond, flag, needle, pad, blade, bract, leaflet, cotyledon, foliole
    • 3. foliage regarded collectively.

    • 4. the state of having leaves:

      the trees are still in leaf
    • 5. the leaves of tobacco or tea:

      leaf tea
    • 6. a thing that resembles a leaf in being flat and thin, typically something that is one of two or more similar items forming a set or stack.

    • 7. a single thickness of paper, especially in a book with each side forming a page.

      Synonym : page, sheet, folio, flyleaf
    • 8. gold, silver, or other specified metal in the form of very thin foil:

      gold leaf
    • 9. the hinged part or flap of a door, shutter, or table.

    • 10. an extra section inserted to extend a table.

    • 11. the inner or outer part of a cavity wall or double-glazed window.

    • 12. any of the stacked metal strips that form a leaf spring.

    verb

    • 1. (of a plant, especially a deciduous one in spring) put out new leaves:

      many plants need a period of dormancy before they leaf and flower
      Synonym : put out leaves, bud, burst into leaves, foliate
    • 2. turn over (the pages of a book or the papers in a pile), reading them quickly or casually:

      he leafed through the stack of notes
      Synonym : flick, flip, thumb, skim, browse, glance, look, riffle, read, scan, dip into, run one's eye over, have a look at, peruse
  2. Variation

    • n.: noun: leaf, plural noun: leaves

    • v.: verb: leaf, 3rd person present: leafs, gerund or present participle: leafing, past tense: leafed, past participle: leafed

    • adjective

      of the color between green and orange in the spectrum, a primary subtractive color complementary to blue; colored like ripe lemons or egg yolks:

      having a naturally yellowish or olive skin (as used to describe Chinese or Japanese people).

    • noun

      yellow color or pigment:

      yellow clothes or material:

    • verb

      become yellow, especially with age:
    • noun

      a flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration:

      any of a number of plant structures similar to leaves, e.g. bracts, sepals, and petals.

    • verb

      (of a plant, especially a deciduous one in spring) put out new leaves:

      turn over (the pages of a book or the papers in a pile), reading them quickly or casually:

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