From earlier foilage, from Late Middle English ffoylage, from Middle French feuillage. The more recent form is influenced by the Latin etymon folium.
foliage (countable and uncountable, plural foliages)
- The leaves of plants.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “Afterglow”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC, page 168:
- 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.
- (short for) Fall foliage.
- An architectural ornament representing foliage.
the leaves of plants
fall foliage — see autumn foliage
an architectural ornament