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Etymology

A leaf.

From Old English lēaf Proto-Germanic *laubaz Proto-Indo-European *leup- (to peel, break off)

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
leaf

Plural
leaves

leaf (leaves)
  1. An organ of a plant typically divided into a flattened portion (the blade) and a narrow stalk (the petiole) and serving as the principal site of photosynthesis and transpiration.
  2. Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.
  3. A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.
    gold leaf
  4. A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).
  5. (in plural leaves) Tea leaves.
  6. A flat section used to extend the size of a table.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) In a tree, a node that has no descendants.

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Verb

Infinitive
to leaf

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to leaf (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.

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Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈlæ:ɑf/

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *lauƀā. Cognate with Old High German *louba (German Laube).

Noun

lēaf f. (plural lēafe)

  1. permission
Descendants

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *lauƀo-, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *leup- (to peel, break off). Cognate with Old Saxon lōf (Dutch loof), Old High German loup (German Laub), Old Norse lauf (Swedish löf), Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐌿𐍆𐍃.

Noun

lēaf n.

  1. leaf
  2. page
Descendants

Scots

Etymology

From Old English lēaf.

Noun

leaf ({{{1}}})

Singular
leaf

Plural
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  1. leaf

West Frisian

Noun

leaf c. (pl. leaven)

  1. leaf, especially a long leaf, like a blade of grass

Adjective

leaf (c., pl. form leave)

  1. friendly, kind, cordial

Adverb

leaf

  1. in a friendly manner, kindly, cordially

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