/peuhr foh"lee it, -ayt'/, adj. Bot.
having the stem apparently passing through the leaf, owing to congenital union of the basal edges of the leaf round the stem.
[1540-50; < NL perfoliatus (see PER-, FOLIATE), the fem. of which, perfoliata, was formerly used as the name of a plant with a stalk that seemed to grow through (pierce) its leafage]

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