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English noun: leaf

1. leaf (plant) the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Synonymsfoliage, leafage

Broader (hypernym)plant organ

Narrower (hyponym)amplexicaul leaf, blade, cataphyll, compound leaf, crenate leaf, dandelion green, dentate leaf, emarginate leaf, entire leaf, erose leaf, fig leaf, floral leaf, frond, greenery, leaf blade, leaflet, lobed leaf, pad, parallel-veined leaf, parted leaf, pitcher, prickly-edged leaf, rosette, runcinate leaf, scale, scale leaf, serrate leaf, simple leaf, sporophyl, sporophyll, verdure

Part holonymleaf form, leaf shape, lobe, venation

Substance holonymparenchyma

2. leaf (communication) a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)


Broader (hypernym)piece of paper, sheet, sheet of paper

Narrower (hyponym)flyleaf, interleaf, page

Part meronymblack and white, written communication, written language

3. leaf (artifact) hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)

Broader (hypernym)section, segment

Narrower (hyponym)drop-leaf

Part meronymdinner table

English verb: leaf

1. leaf (perception) look through a book or other written material

SamplesHe thumbed through the report.
She leafed through the volume.

Synonymsflick, flip, riff, riffle, thumb

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)peruse

2. leaf (motion) turn over pages

SamplesLeaf through a book.
Leaf a manuscript.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)turn, turn over

3. leaf (body) produce leaves, of plants

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

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