foliage vs leafage what difference

what is difference between foliage and leafage


Alternative forms

  • (archaic, dialectal, nonstandard) foilage
  • (archaic) feuillage


From earlier foilage, from Late Middle English ffoylage, from Middle French feuillage. The more recent form is influenced by the Latin etymon folium.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfəʊliɪdʒ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfoʊliɪdʒ/


foliage (countable and uncountable, plural foliages)

  1. The leaves of plants.
    • Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. (short for) Fall foliage.
  3. An architectural ornament representing foliage.



  • foilage



leaf +‎ -age


leafage (countable and uncountable, plural leafages)

  1. The leaves of plants collectively; foliage.
    Color change in New England is the tourist time, when people come to see the leafage turn brilliant colors.
    • 1932, Rudyard Kipling, They
      She came towards me, half feeling her way between the tree boles, and though a child, it seemed, clung to her skirt, it swerved into the leafage like a rabbit as she drew nearer.

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