skel·​e·​ton·​ize | \ ˈske-lə-tə-ˌnīz How to pronounce skeletonize (audio) \
skeletonized; skeletonizing

Definition of skeletonize

transitive verb

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

Examples of skeletonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japanese beetles may skeletonize plant leaves; control pests by hand picking. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 Adults skeletonize leaves, chew flowers, and may completely defoliate plants while larvae feed on lawn and garden plant roots. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of skeletonize

1644, in the meaning defined above

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“Skeletonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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