defoliate

verb de·fo·li·ate \ -lē-ˌāt \
|Updated on: 25 Jun 2018

Definition of defoliate

: to deprive of leaves especially prematurely
  • Black spot, which looks like its name, attacks leaves. Left untreated, it spreads and multiplies, and can defoliate the plant.
  • —Dave Dunn
  • During 1979, approximately 226.260 acres of land/forest was estimated to have been defoliated to varying degrees by the Gypsy moth … in Massachusetts.
  • —David B. Halliwell

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.

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Origin and Etymology of defoliate

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


DEFOLIATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of defoliate for English Language Learners

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


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