lacking leaves, as most cactuses
Origin of aphyllousa- + -phyllous
Bearing no leaves; leafless.
Origin of aphyllousFrom New Latin aphyllus, from Greek aphullos : a-, without; see a–1 + phullon, leaf; see –phyllous.
(comparative more aphyllous, superlative most aphyllous)
- (botany) Having no leaves.
19th Century, from New Latin aphyllus, from Ancient Greek ἄφυλλος (aphullos, “leafless”) (ἀ- + φύλλον)