skel·e·ton·ize | \ˈske-lə-tə-ˌnīz \
skeletonized; skeletonizing

Definition of skeletonize 

transitive verb

: to produce in or reduce to skeleton form skeletonize a leaf

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Japanese beetles may skeletonize plant leaves; control pests by hand picking. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Basil," 7 Apr. 2017 Adults skeletonize leaves, chew flowers, and may completely defoliate plants while larvae feed on lawn and garden plant roots. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016

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1644, in the meaning defined above

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