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Leaf appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Now the trees are all groaning in growling, rough gales
    That with thuds and hoarse roaring roll raging around!
    Such leaf-rousing, branch-ruining, ripping, raw wails,
    Such a terrible, thrashing and tree-wrecking sound!
    (by Mark Scrivener)

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun leaf:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb leaf:


The word leaf is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun leaf

What does leaf mean as a name of something?

Leaf is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: leaves / leafs (rare form)

  1. the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonyms of leaf: foliage / leafage
    • more generic term: plant organ = a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
    • more specific terms:
      • cataphyll = a reduced or scarcely developed leaf at the start of a plant's life (i.e., cotyledons) or in the early stages of leaf development
      • floral leaf = a modified leaf that is part of a flower
      • dandelion green = the foliage of the dandelion plant
      • pitcher = a leaf that that is modified in such a way as to resemble a pitcher or ewer
      • sporophyll / sporophyl = leaf in ferns and mosses that bears the sporangia
      • leaf blade / blade = especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole
      • amplexicaul leaf = a leaf with its base clasping the stem
      • greenery / verdure = green foliage
      • leaflet = part of a compound leaf
      • frond = compound leaf of a fern or palm or cycad
      • pad = the large floating leaf of an aquatic plant
      • scale leaf / scale = a specialized leaf or bract that protects a bud or catkin
      • betel leaf / betel = a leaf of a vine from the betel pepper
      • fig leaf = a leaf from a fig tree
      • simple leaf = a leaf that is not divided into parts
      • compound leaf = a leaf composed of a number of leaflets on a common stalk
      • entire leaf = a leaf having a smooth margin without notches or indentations
      • crenate leaf = a leaf having a scalloped margin
      • serrate leaf = a leaf having a margin notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
      • dentate leaf = a leaf having a toothed margin
      • emarginate leaf = a leaf having a notch at the apex
      • erose leaf = a leaf having a jagged margin as though gnawed
      • runcinate leaf = a leaf having incised margins with the lobes or teeth curved toward the base
      • lobed leaf = a leaf having deeply indented margins
      • parallel-veined leaf = a leaf whose veins run in parallel from the stem
      • parted leaf = a leaf having margins incised almost to the base so as to create distinct divisions or lobes
      • prickly-edged leaf = a leaf having prickly margins
      • rosette = a cluster of leaves growing in crowded circles from a common center or crown
    • parts:
      • venation = the arrangement of veins in a leaf
      • lobe = a part into which a leaf is divided
      • leaf shape / leaf form = any of the various shape that leaves of plants can assume
    • substance: parenchyma = the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature
  2. a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)
  3. hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: section / segment = one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object
    • more specific word: drop-leaf = a hinged leaf on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket
    • part of: dinner table = the dining table where dinner is served and eaten

Alternative definition of the noun leaf


  1. The usually green and flat organ that represents the most prominent feature of most vegetative plants.
  2. Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.
  3. A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.
  4. A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).
  5. [context: in plural] Tea leaves.
  6. A flat section used to extend the size of a table.
  7. A moveable panel, e.g. of a bridge or door, originally one that hinged but now also applied to other forms of movement.
  8. [botany] A foliage leaf or any of the many and often considerably different structures it can specialise into.
  9. [computing, mathematics] In a tree, a node that has no descendants.
  10. The layer of fat supporting the kidneys of a pig, leaf fat.

Definition of the verb leaf

What does leaf mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: leafed | leafing | leafs

  1. look through a book or other written material
    • example: She leafed through the volume
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] over / through / into [Location]He pawed over the documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]He rummaged through the door for the ball

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): bore, burrow, delve, forage, fumble, grope, listen, look, page, paw, poke, rifle, root, rummage, scrabble, scratch, snoop, thumb, tunnel.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of leaf: flick / flip / riff / riffle / thumb
    • more generic word: peruse = examine or consider with attention and in detail
  2. turn over pages
    • examples: leaf through a book | leaf a manuscript
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: turn / turn over = cause to move around a center so as to show another side of
  3. produce leaves, of plants

Alternative definition of the verb leaf


  1. [intransitive] To produce leaves; put forth foliage.


  1. Leaf a.k.a. Joaquin Phoenix: Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is an American actor, music video director, producer, musician and social activist. He started his career as a child actor and later came to wide attention for his portrayal of Commodus in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as nominations for the Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild, Satellite Award and BAFTA Award.
  2. Leaf a.k.a. Eddie Kaye Thomas is an American film, television, and stage actor who rose to prominence as Paul Finch in the American Pie film series.

There are other people with in their name, like Doug Leaf, Jeff Leaf, June Leaf, Matt Leaf, Paul Leaf, Ryan Leaf, Brady Leaf, David Leaf, Henry Leaf, James Leaf and many others.


  1. Leaf was a Dutch band from Utrecht. Their first single, Wonderwoman was released in October 2007.
  2. Leaf is a musical group.
  3. Leaf is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like A Leaf, dead-leaf, Leaf Hound, Maple Leaf, Maple-Leaf, Vello Leaf, Carbon Leaf, Clover Leaf, clover-leaf, Elephant Leaf, Anomalous Leaf, Dead Leaf Echo, Pine Leaf Boys, Tea Leaf Green, The Green Leaf, The Maple Leaf Four, The Dry Leaf Project and Silver Leaf Jazz Band.


  1. Leaf is a Japanese visual novel studio under the publisher Aquaplus, and has offices in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, and Tokyo. It and its competitor Key are two of the most popular and successful dedicated visual novel studios operating today. It was launched out of obscurity by its early release To Heart. Leaf used the XviD video codec in several games: Aruru to Asobo!!, Tears to Tiara, Kusari, and ToHeart2 X Rated. Since XviD is free software, released under the GPL, Leaf was forced to release the source code to those games under the same license. One still required the game data to actually play the games with the source code. In addition, a free software engine called xlvns was developed soon after Leaf released its first three visual novels. Characters from Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, To Heart, and Kizuato are playable in Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match, a fighting game developed by Aquaplus featuring characters from various Leaf games.
  2. Leaf, previously a division of Scitex and later Kodak, is now a subsidiary of Phase One. Leaf manufactures high end digital backs for medium format and large format cameras. In 1991, Leaf introduced the first medium format digital camera back, the Leaf DCB1, nicknamed ‘The Brick’, which had a resolution of 4 million pixels. As of 2012, Leaf produces the Credo line of digital camera backs, ranging from 40 to 80 megapixels. Until 2010, Leaf also produced photography workflow software Leaf Capture.
  3. Leaf a.k.a. The Leaf Label is an independent record label based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Initially known as an electronic music label, releasing mainly instrumental music, the company's approach has broadened over the last few years and now features an eclectic range of artists, with a focus on strong live performers.
  4. Leaf Holdings, Inc., also known as Leaf, is a platform technology that serves as a central hub for small business commerce. The Leaf platform consists of a tablet computer built specifically for Point of Sale, and a cloud-based software tool for business management, analytics, and customer engagement. Leaf is designed to help retail stores, restaurants, and other small businesses improve the speed and ease of checkout, and to help business owners obtain better insight into, and control over their operations.
  5. Leaf is a brand of Aquaplus.
  6. Leaf is a brand.


  1. Leaf is a fictional character from the 2004 animation film Doggy Poo.
  2. Leaf is a fictional character in the 2012 comedy film Sunny Side Up.
  3. Leaf is a fictional character from the 1997 film American Punks.
  4. Leaf is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Leaf blower and Lettuce Leaf.


"Leaf" is an independently-published black-and-white comic book written by Jeff Jensen and Phil Avelli.

  • released in (24 years ago)


  1. "Leaf" is a 2008 sports film written and directed by Tim Carr.
  2. "Leaf" is a film, directed by David Adams.


  1. "Leaf" is a musical album of Broke For Free.
    • released on
  2. "Leaf" is a musical EP of L.E.A.F..
    • released in
  3. "Leaf" is a cataloged instance, composition.


Leaf a.k.a. Leaf, Mississippi: Leaf is an unincorporated community in Greene County, Mississippi, United States.


  1. Leaf: A leaf is an organ of a vascular plant and is the principal lateral appendage of the stem. The leaves and stem together form the shoot. Foliage is a mass noun that refers to leaves collectively.
    • also known as 葉
  2. LEAF: Arc'teryx LEAF - Law Enforcement and Armed Forces - is a product line composed of equipment targeted to the military and law enforcement markets.

Phrases with Leaf

Phrases starting with the word Leaf:

  1. leaf bud
  2. leaf bug
  3. leaf fat
  4. Leaf gap
  5. leaf beet
  6. Leaf Bugs
  7. leaf cast
  8. Leaf curl
  9. Leaf Deer

Phrases ending with the word Leaf:

  1. Ash-Leaf
  2. bay leaf
  3. End-Leaf
  4. fig leaf
  5. Ivy-Leaf
  6. tea leaf
  7. drop-leaf
  8. Fern-Leaf
  9. four-leaf
  10. gold leaf
  11. lace-leaf

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leaf

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Google previewThe Farmer's Encyclopædia (1848)

The distinction of leaves made by those who have written on botany are the following: a simple leaf is that which is not...

Google previewThe Farmer's and Planter's Encyclopaedia of Rural Affairs (1869)

Embracing All the Most Recent Discoveries in Agricultural Chemistry, Suited to the Comprehension of Unscientific Readers by Cuthbert William Johnson, Gouverneur Emerson

The distinction of leaves made by those who have written on botany are the following: a simpie leaf is that which is not...

Google previewThe Farmer's Encyclopædia, and Dictionary of Rural Affairs (1844)

Embracing All the Most Recent Discoveries in Agricultural Chemistry by Cuthbert William Johnson

The distinction of leaves made by those who have written on botany are the following: a simpie leaf is that which is not...

Google previewThe Complete Farmer Or a General Dictionary of Husbandry In All Its Branches, Containing the Various Methods of Cultivating and Improving Every Species of Land ... The 4. Ed. Improved and Enlarged (1793)

by [Anonymus AC09851718]

|The distinćtion of leaves, made by those who have written on botany, are the following: A fimple leaf is that which is not...

A digitated leaf is a compound leaf divided into feveral parts, all of which meet together at the tail, as in the hemp, black ...

Google previewThe Complete Farmer: Or, a General Dictionary of Husbandry ... (1807)

In which Everything Valuable from the Best Writers on this Subject Will be Extracted ...

A quinquefoliated leaf is a digitated leaf, consisting of five fingers, as in the quinquefolium. A pennated leaf is a...

Google previewAn introduction to physic and surgery (1754)

by Richard Brookes

The Digitated Leaf is a Compound Leaf divided into several Parts, all qf which meet together at the Tail, as in Hemp and black...

A Sinuai ed Leaf is that which is cut into the Edges into several long Segments as the common Mallows.

Google previewAn Introduction to Physic and Surgery ... The second edition (1763)

by Richard BROOKES (M.D.)

The PENNATED LEAF is a compound Leaf divided into several Parts called Laber, placed along the Middle Rib either alternately or by...


Comprising Every Thing Valuable in the Best Writers on this Subject, Viz. LINNAEUS, CHATEAUVIEUX, the Marquis of TURBILLY, PLATT, EVELYN, WORLIDGE, MORTIMER, TULL, ELLIS, MILLER, HALE, LISLE, ROQUE, MILLS, YOUNG, MARSHALL, &C. &C. TOGETHER WITH A Great VARIETY of NEW DISCOVERIES and IMPROVEMENTS. ALSO The Whole Business of Breeding, Managing, and Fattening CATTLE and POULTRY of All Kids; and the Most Approved Manner of Curing the Various Diseases to which They are Subject. Together with the Manner of Raising BEES, and of Acquiring Large Quantities of WAX and HONEY, Without Destroying Those Laborious INSECTS. Also, the Management of VINES, and the Best Method of Making All Sorts of WINES. Illustrated with a Great Variety of COPPER-PLATES, Accurately Engraved; Exhibiting All the Instruments Used in HUSBANDRY; Particulary Those Lately Invented, as Well as Those Presented to the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, &c. in London; Many of which Have Never Yet Appeared in a Work of this Nature by Society of Gentlemen

A digitated leaf is a compound leaf divided into several parts, all of which meet together at the tail, as in the hemp, black hellebore,

A ramose leaf is that which is still farther divided than the winged leaf, as in the osmund royal, female fern, &c .

Google previewThe American Cyclopaedia (1875)

A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana

Schleiden regards the ovules as buds produced upon the edges of the carpellary leaf, and the placenta as a cellular growth from its margins ; though the edge of a leaf is an unusual place for buds to appear, some plants naturally produce ...

Google previewDictionary of Plant Breeding, Second Edition (2009)

by Rolf H. J. Schlegel

leaf blight: Various diseases that lead to the browning and dropping of leaves phyt >>> late blight leaf blight (of maize): One of the most important foliar diseases of maize caused by the fungus Helminthosporium maydis; it is widespread in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Peltatum folium, a leaf, in which the foot-stalk is inserted into its disk, instead of its base. Penic://forme sigma, a stigma in the form of a painter's pencil, Pentagonus caulis, a five-angled stalk. Pentape'alows, consisting of 5 petals. Pentaphyllots ...

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Quotes about Leaf

Autumn Leaf!
I couldn’t love you as I did when you were green.
Summer Leaf!
I don’t shunt you as I would when you turn yellow.
Tender Leaf!
Reap while being green and stop expecting later.
30.08.2008 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1F4

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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