exfoliate

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From exfoliāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Late Latin exfoliō (I strip of leaves), from ex (out of”, “from) + folium (leaf); compare effoliate and the French exfolier.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

exfoliate (third-person singular simple present exfoliates, present participle exfoliating, simple past and past participle exfoliated)

  1. To remove the leaves from a plant.
  2. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.
  3. (mineralogy) To split into scales, especially to become converted into scales as the result of heat or decomposition.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

exfōliāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of exfōliō