(foh.lee.AWL.uh.gist) n. A person who is an expert on where and when tree leaves change color during the fall.

Example Citations:
Like many residents at the Maple Inn bed and breakfast, Lindy was a leaf peeper, as fanatical about following the changing foliage in New England as birders are about stray Madagascan weeble-warblers on the Butt of Lewis.

A retired clinician from New Jersey with a sparkling intellect in inverse proportion to her dress sense, she had researched the subject thoroughly and had fall guides, fall maps and fall weather charts. "I phoned a fall foliologist a couple of times to make sure I was on the right track," she said. "You ever met a foliologist?"
—Neil McLean, "The rise of New England's fall," The Sunday Times (London), September 19, 2004

They first emerged in America — leafpeepers who flock to the woods in New England and the Appalachians to stalk the fast-changing autumnal colours.

There are even resident foliologists who plot routes for these enthusiasts with some useful hints such as 'don't get out of your car to pat a moose'.
—Donald Ross, "Tree cheers for nature lovers," Daily Mail, October 4, 2003

Earliest Citation:
America's first "foliologist," Scotty Johnston, has announced predictions for the best color periods throughout the United States and Canada.
—"News & Notes," The Record, October 6, 1996

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