The term folium means "leaf" in Latin and refers and refers to a plane curve having "leaf-shaped" rounded lobes. There are a number of different sorts of folia, including Kepler's folium, the folium of Descartes, and Dürer folium.

When used without qualification, the term "folium" commonly refers to Kepler's folium (Lawrence 1972, pp. 152-153; MacTutor).

See also

Bifolium, Dürer folium, Epitrochoid, Fish Curve, Folium of Descartes, Kepler's Folium, Quadrifolium, Rose Curve, Trefoil Curve, Trifolium

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Lawrence, J. D. A Catalog of Special Plane Curves. New York: Dover, pp. 152-153, 1972.MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. "Folium."

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Folium." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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