leaf

noun
ADJECTIVE
new, young
autumn, fall (AmE)
dead, dry, fallen, falling, rotting

The ground was thick with dead leaves.

broad (esp. technical), heart-shaped, oval

broad-leaf plants

green, yellow, etc.
glossy, hairy, leathery, shiny, variegated
bay, lettuce, maple, oak, tea, etc.

Stop trying to read tea leaves (= predict the future).

VERB + LEAF
have

This plant has beautifully variegated leaves.

come into (esp. BrE), grow, produce, sprout

It was spring and the trees were coming into leaf.

In the spring the plant began to put out new leaves.

shed

Deciduous trees shed their leaves annually.

pick, pluck

He picked a leaf from the basil plant and started to chew it.

rake

The boys helped by raking the leaves in the yard.

LEAF + VERB
appear, emerge

Spring arrived and the first green leaves began to appear.

grow
turn, yellow

The summer was over and the leaves were beginning to turn.

drop, fall
blow

dry leaves blowing in the wind

rustle

The leaves rustled in the light breeze.

LEAF + NOUN
litter, mould/mold

the leaf litter on the forest floor

PHRASES
in full leaf

The corn was already ripening and the trees in full leaf.


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  • Leaf — (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] 1. (Bot.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf — (v. altengl. leaf „Blatt“) steht für: Leaf (Unternehmen), einen niederländischen Süßwarenhersteller Leaf (Label), ein britisches Independent Label The Album Leaf, ein amerikanisches Musikprojekt Leaf (Spieleentwickler), einen japanischen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • leaf — [lēf] n. pl. leaves [ME lefe < OE leaf, akin to Du loof, Ger laub < IE base * leubh , to peel off, pull off > Lith lupù, to skin, pare off] 1. any of the flat, thin, expanded organs, usually green, growing laterally from the stem or twig …   English World dictionary

  • Leaf — Leaf, Leaf out Leaf out(l[=e]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leafed} (l[=e]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leafing}.] To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • leaf|y — «LEE fee», adjective, leaf|i|er, leaf|i|est. 1. having many leaves; covered with leaves, especially broad leaves: »the leafy woods. 2. resembling a leaf; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leaf — is a term used in the cotton market to indicate that the raw cotton fibres are accompanied by pieces of leaf that spoil the appearance of the white or brown stapled cotton …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • leaf — [n1] green foliage of plant blade, bract, flag, foliole, frond, leaflet, needle, pad, petal, petiole, scale, stalk, stipule; concept 428 leaf [n2] page of document folio, paper, sheet; concept 270 leaf [v] flip through browse, dip into, glance …   New thesaurus

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