de-leaf

verb
\ (ˌ)dē-ˈlēf How to pronounce de-leaf (audio) \
variants: or deleaf
de-leafed or deleafed; de-leafing or deleafing; de-leafs or deleafs

Definition of de-leaf

transitive + intransitive

: to remove leaves from (a plant) Every afternoon, farmers walk down from the encircling hills with bundles of sprigs, deleafed and wrapped in banana leaves to conserve moisture on the all-night drive to Nairobi …— Michael Griffin They also train the vine canopy higher, which increases water evaporation from the leaves, and de-leaf more, hoping to increase airflow and prevent disease.— Mitch Frank

First Known Use of de-leaf

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“De-leaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/de-leaf. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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