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Definition of the adjective defoliate

What does defoliate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. deprived of leaves

Definition of the verb defoliate

What does defoliate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: defoliated | defoliating | defoliates

  1. strip the leaves or branches from
    • examples: defoliate the trees with pesticides | They defoliate the trees
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: bare / denudate / denude / strip = lay bare

Alternative definition of the verb defoliate


  1. To remove foliage from one or more plants, most often with a chemical agent.

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Google previewSafire's Political Dictionary (2008)

by William Safire

Baker III appeared defoliate 173 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 1990, however, the phrase was being used as a plural and applied to larger contexts. “The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait,” ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Invasive Species: From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels [2 volumes] (2011)

From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels by Susan L. Woodward, Joyce A. Quinn

dicamba, or triclopyr will defoliate plants and reduce evapotranspiration and water use, they do not kill the plants. Leaves will grow back. Aerial spraying of herbicides is useful in monotypic stands of tamarisk but cannot be used in areas that ...

Google previewTruespel Book Two: Phonetic Dictionary of USA English (2006)

by Thomas E. Zurinskas

defile ~deeffien - define ~deeffinitiv - definitive ~deeffishint - deficient ~deeffoelee 'aet - defoliate ~deeffoelee'aet - defoliate ~deeffoelee'int - defoliant ~deeffoelee' int - defoliant ~deeffoeleeyaet - defoliate ~deeffoeleeyint - defoliant ~deefforist ...

Google previewHazardous Materials Dictionary, Second Edition (1994)

by Ronny J. Coleman

Decon Defoliate Decon Popular abbreviation referring to the process of decontamination. Decontaminate To make safe, purify, or make fit for use again by removal of any unsafe substances, such as pesticides or radioactivity. Decontamination ...

Google previewRodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (2009)

The Indispensible Green Resource for Every Gardener by Fern Marshall Bradley, Barbara Ellis, Ellen Phillips

DAMAGE Beetles defoliate plants, reducing yields or killing young plants. Cutworms chew through stems at ground level; they may completely devour small plants; most damaging in May and June. Adults chew numerous small, round holes in ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

is a widespread enemy of these trees, frequently feeding upon the leaves in such great numbers as entirely to defoliate long rows of shade trees. The tent caterpillar of the forest ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words (2004)

by Archie Hobson

defoliate. deform 117 dehisce 118 deliquesce. acceptance of failure: we have a duty not to be so defeatist. DERIVATIVES: de•feat•ism |-tiz/m| n. def•e•cate |edef/ fkMt| • v. [intrans.] discharge feces from the body. DERIVATIVES: def•e•ca•tion ...

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Scrabble value of D2E1F4O1L1I1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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