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leaf

noun [C] uk   /liːf/ ( plural leaves) us  

leaf noun [C] (PLANT)

B1 one of the flat, usually green parts of a plant that are joined at one end to the stem or branch: a palm leaf autumn leaves He was raking up leaves in his garden.be in leaf/come into leaf When a plant is in leaf or when it comes into leaf, it has or gets leaves on it: The trees are in leaf early this year. The bushes are just coming into leaf.
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leaf noun [C] (PAPER)

a thin sheet of paper

leaf noun [C] (TABLE)

an extra part of a table that can be folded away when not being used
Translations of “leaf”
in Korean 잎…
in Arabic وَرَقة شَجَر…
in French feuille, page, rallonge…
in Turkish yaprak…
in Italian foglia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 植物, 葉,葉片,葉子,樹葉…
in Russian лист (растения)…
in Polish liść…
in Spanish hoja, página, hoja abatible…
in Portuguese folha…
in German das Blatt, das Ausziehbrett…
in Catalan fulla…
in Japanese (木の)葉…
in Chinese (Simplified) 植物, 叶,叶片,叶子,树叶…
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