defoliation


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de·fo·li·ate

 (dē-fō′lē-āt′)
v. de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing, de·fo·li·ates
v.tr.
1. To deprive (a plant or a vegetated area, for example) of leaves.
2. To cause the leaves of (a plant or plants) to fall off, especially by the use of chemicals.
v.intr.
To lose foliage.

[Late Latin dēfoliāre, dēfoliāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fo′li·ate (-ĭt) adj.
de·fo′li·a′tion n.
de·fo′li·a′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defoliation - the loss of foliagedefoliation - the loss of foliage      
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.defoliation - causing the leaves of trees and other plants to fall off (as by the use of chemicals)
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
Translations

defoliation

[ˌdiːfəʊlɪˈeɪʃən] Ndefoliación f

defoliation

[diːˌfəʊliˈeɪʃən] n [area, plant] → défoliation f

defoliation

nEntlaubung f
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