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a combining form meaning “having leaves (of a specified number or type)”: unifolious.
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Origin of -folious

Combining form representing Latin foliōsusfoliose
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022


What does -folious mean?

The combining formfolious is used like a suffix meaning “having leaves.” It is very occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in botany.

The form –folious comes from Latin foliōsus, meaning “leafy.” Find out how –folious is related to foil, a thin sheet of metal or paper, and folio, a volume with large pages, at our entry for each word.

Examples of -folious

A scientific term that features –folious is centifolious, “having a hundred leaves.”

The centi part of the word means “hundred,” from Latin centum. As we have seen, –folious means “having leaves.” Centifolious literally translates to “having a hundred leaves.”

What are some words that use the combining form –folious?

  • diversifolious
  • graminifolious
  • laterifolious
  • planifolious
  • septifolious
  • unifolious

What are some other forms that –folious may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form septi means “seven.” With this in mind, what does septifolious mean?