Definitions for "Compound leaf"
leaf divided to the midrib or petiole to form leaflets ( q.v.)
When the blade of a leaf is divided into two or more separate leaflets, each with its own stalk, the leaf is said to be compound. The leaflets themselves are not leaves and this is shown by the absence of buds in their axils. The whole leaf can be pulled off as one, leaving a well-defined scar on the stem.
A compound leaf has the blade fully divided into several "leaflets". Compare to simple leaf.