denude


de·nude

verb \di-ˈn(y)üd, dē-\

: to remove all the trees from (an area) or all the leaves from (a tree)

de·nud·edde·nud·ing

Full Definition of DENUDE

transitive verb
1
:  to deprive of something important
2
a :  to strip of all covering or surface layers
b :  to lay bare by erosion
c :  to strip (land) of forests
de·nu·da·tion \ˌdē-(ˌ)n(y)ü-ˈdā-shən, ˌden-y-\ noun
de·nude·ment \di-ˈn(y)üd-mənt\ noun

Examples of DENUDE

  1. Excessive logging has denuded the hillside of trees.

Origin of DENUDE

Middle English, from Latin denudare, from de- + nudus bare — more at naked
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

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