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denude

play
verb de·nude \di-ˈn(y)üd, dē-\

Simple Definition of denude

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

Full Definition of denude

de·nud·edde·nud·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deprive of something important

  3. 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 play \ˌdē-(ˌ)n(y)ü-ˈdā-shən, ˌden-yu̇-\ noun
de·nude·ment play \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


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