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From Latin ablaqueātiō (“the process or act of digging or loosening the soil around the roots of a tree”), from ablaqueō (“disentangle”), from ab (“from, away from”) + laqueō (“entangle, ensnare”).
- (obsolete) The act or process of laying bare the roots of trees to expose them to the air and water. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
process of laying bare the roots of trees