Definition of microphyllous in English:

microphyllous

Pronunciation /mʌɪˈkrɒfɪləs/ /ˌmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˈfɪləs/

adjective

Botany Ecology
  • Having small leaves; specifically having microphylls.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Smart (d. 1872), elocutionist and grammarian. From micro- + -phyllous, probably after scientific Latin microphyllus, specific epithet (Linnaeus Species Plantarum), itself probably after ancient Greek μικρόϕυλλος with small leaves.