Simple Definition of denude
: to remove all the trees from (an area) or all the leaves from (a tree)
Full Definition of denude
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
Examples of denude
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
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