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Definition: leaf insect
n : tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in
southern Asia and the East Indies [syn: walking leaf
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Definition: Leaf insect
(l[=e]f), n.; pl. Leaves
(l[=e]vz). [OE. leef,
lef, leaf, AS. le['a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D.
loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf,
Sw. l["o]f, Dan. l["o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf.
1. (Bot.) A colored, usually green, expansion growing from
the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the
use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of
light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively
constitute its foliage.
Note: Such leaves usually consist of a blade, or lamina,
supported upon a leafstalk or petiole, which, continued
through the blade as the midrib, gives off woody ribs
and veins that support the cellular texture. The
petiole has usually some sort of an appendage on each
side of its base, which is called the stipule. The
green parenchyma of the leaf is covered with a thin
epiderm pierced with closable microscopic openings,
known as stomata.
2. (Bot.) A special organ of vegetation in the form of a
lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a
part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract,
a spine, or a tendril.
Note: In this view every part of a plant, except the root and
the stem, is either a leaf, or is composed of leaves
more or less modified and transformed.
3. Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and
having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger
body by one edge or end; as:
(a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages
upon its opposite sides.
(b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged,
as of window shutters, folding doors, etc.
(c) The movable side of a table.
(d) A very thin plate; as, gold leaf.
(e) A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer.
(f) One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.
(Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds upon leaves;
esp., any species of the family Chrysomelid[ae]
, as the
potato beetle and helmet beetle.
, a draw-bridge having a platform or leaf which
swings vertically on hinges.
(Bot.), a bud which develops into leaves or a
(Zo["o]l.), any butterfly which, in the form
and colors of its wings, resembles the leaves of plants
upon which it rests; esp., butterflies of the genus
, found in Southern Asia and the East Indies.
(Zo["o]l.), a small moth (Phycis indigenella
), the larva of which feeds upon leaves of the
apple tree, and forms its nest by crumpling and fastening
leaves together in clusters.
, the fat which lies in leaves or layers within the
body of an animal.
(Zo["o]l.), a jumping plant louse of the family
(Zo["o]l.), any tree frog of the genus
.(Bot.) See Chlorophyll
(Zo["o]l.), any small jumping hemipterous
insect of the genus Tettigonia
, and allied genera. They
live upon the leaves and twigs of plants. See Live hopper
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several genera and
species of orthopterous insects, esp. of the genus
, in which the wings, and sometimes the legs,
resemble leaves in color and form. They are common in
Southern Asia and the East Indies.
, lard from leaf fat. See under Lard
(Zo["o]l.), an aphid.
, metal in thin leaves, as gold, silver, or tin.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of various small
lepidopterous and dipterous insects, which, in the larval
stages, burrow in and eat the parenchyma of leaves; as,
the pear-tree leaf miner (Lithocolletis geminatella
(Zo["o]l.), a pale bluish green beetle
), which, in Florida, eats the edges
of the leaves of orange trees.
(Zo["o]l.), See leaf roller
(Bot.), the cicatrix on a stem whence a leaf has
(Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth, whose caterpillar
makes a nest by rolling up a leaf and fastening the edges
together with silk, as if sewn; esp., Phoxopteris nubeculana
, which feeds upon the apple tree.
, a hinged sight on a firearm, which can be
raised or folded down.
(Bot.), one or more fibrovascular bundles, which
may be traced down an endogenous stem from the base of a
(Zo["o]l.), a tortricid moth whose larva makes a
nest by fastening the edges of a leaf together with silk;
esp., Teras cinderella
, found on the apple tree.
, a valve which moves on a hinge.
(Zo["o]l.), a sawfly.
To turn over a new leaf
, to make a radical change for the
better in one's way of living or doing. [Colloq.]
They were both determined to turn over a new leaf.