From Middle English leef, from Old English lēaf, from Proto-West Germanic *laub, from Proto-Germanic *laubą ("leaf") (compare West Frisian leaf, Low German Loov, Dutch loof, German Laub, Danish løv, Swedish löv, Norwegian Nynorsk lauv), from Proto-Indo-European, from *lewbʰ- (compare Irish luibh ("herb"), Latin liber ("bast; book"), Lithuanian lúoba ("bark"), Albanian labë ("rind"), Latvian luba ("plank, board"), Russian луб ("bast")).
In reference to the maple leaf as national symbol.
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