defoliate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ foliate

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

defoliate (third-person singular simple present defoliates, present participle defoliating, simple past and past participle defoliated)

  1. (transitive) To remove foliage from (one or more plants), most often with a chemical agent.
    Agent Orange was used to defoliate jungle vegetation.
    • 2020, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, →ISBN, page 2:
      These leaves are the moth’s only source of food, and if left unchecked, the caterpillars can completely defoliate a single mighty tree.

Derived terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

defoliate (comparative more defoliate, superlative most defoliate)

  1. Deprived of leaves; defoliated.

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Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

defoliate (not comparable)

  1. leafless

Italian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

defoliate

  1. inflection of defoliare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2[edit]

Participle[edit]

defoliate f pl

  1. feminine plural of defoliato