leaf


leaf
noun
ADJECTIVE
new, young
autumn, fall (AmE)
dead, dry, fallen, falling, rotting

The ground was thick with dead leaves.

broad (esp. technical), heart-shaped, oval

broad-leaf plants

green, yellow, etc.
glossy, hairy, leathery, shiny, variegated
bay, lettuce, maple, oak, tea, etc.

Stop trying to read tea leaves (= predict the future).

VERB + LEAF
have

This plant has beautifully variegated leaves.

come into (esp. BrE), grow, produce, sprout

It was spring and the trees were coming into leaf.

In the spring the plant began to put out new leaves.

shed

Deciduous trees shed their leaves annually.

pick, pluck

He picked a leaf from the basil plant and started to chew it.

rake

The boys helped by raking the leaves in the yard.

LEAF + VERB
appear, emerge

Spring arrived and the first green leaves began to appear.

grow
turn, yellow

The summer was over and the leaves were beginning to turn.

drop, fall
blow

dry leaves blowing in the wind

rustle

The leaves rustled in the light breeze.

LEAF + NOUN
litter, mould/mold

the leaf litter on the forest floor

PHRASES
in full leaf

The corn was already ripening and the trees in full leaf.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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