- (transitive, obsolete) To lay bare, as the roots of a tree, by loosening or removing soil. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
1847, Thomas Keightley, The Bucolics and Georgics of Virgil:
- After the autumnal equinox they were to be ablaqueated like the vines. Every third year they were to be dunged, and after some years (generally the eighth) to be pruned; for there was an old saying, to wit, eum qui aret olivetum rogare fructum; qui stercoret exorare; qui caedat cogere.
- ^ “ablaqueate” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 5.