defoliate

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verb de·fo·li·ate \-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of defoliate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deprive of leaves especially prematurely

defoliation

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

defoliator

play \(ˌ)dē-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of defoliate in a sentence

  1. a chemical used to defoliate trees

  2. Insects are defoliating the trees.

Origin and Etymology of defoliate

Late Latin defoliatus, past participle of defoliare, from Latin de- + folium leaf — more at blade


First Known Use: 1791


DEFOLIATE Defined for English Language Learners

defoliate

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verb de·fo·li·ate \-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of defoliate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause the leaves of (a plant) to fall off


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