Perfoliate meaning

pər-fō'lē-ĭt
Of or relating to a sessile leaf or bract that completely clasps the stem and is apparently pierced by it.
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Having a base surrounding the stem which bears it so that the stem seems to pass through it.
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(botany, of leaves) Appearing to have the stem passing through the blade.
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Origin of perfoliate

  • New Latin perfoliātus Latin per- per- Latin foliātus bearing leaves (from folium leaf bhel-3 in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From New Latin perfoliata, from Latin per (“through") + Latin foliata (“foliate").
    From Wiktionary