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v. de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing, de·fo·li·ates
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.
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.
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Noun1.defoliator - an insect that strips the leaves from plants
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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Art's Way manufactures and distributes farm machinery niche products including animal feed processing equipment, sugar beet defoliators and harvesters, land maintenance equipment, crop shredding equipment, round hay balers, plows, hay and forage equipment, manure spreaders, reels for combines and swathers, and top and bottom drive augers, as well as pressurized tanks and vessels, modular animal confinement buildings and laboratories and specialty tools and inserts.
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2006), and defoliators such as pandora moth (Coloradla pandora Blake) (Wagner and Mathiasen, 1985).
One section deals exclusively with a variety of insect types such as social bees, seed-sucking and sap-sucking insects, defoliators, fruit flies, and predatory beetles.
Given chemical detectors and people-sniffers, defoliators and biological weapons, infrared radar and electronic communication by satellite, not to mention, as once conceived by Mr.
This transposes to DEFOLIATORS, the plural of a word with an obvious enough meaning: one that defoliates (W3).
These lepidopteran defoliators are among the most destructive insect pests of important crops like corn and cabbage and other vegetables.
Ideally, we want them to be defoliators or root feeders and preferably to stop seed production.
Studies on the biology and ecology of the oil palm pest defoliators, Elymnias agondas glaucopis Staudinger (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), Metisa plana Walker, Pteroma pendula Joannis (Lepidoptera: Psychidae), Segestes decoratus Redtenbacher (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae), Leucothyreus femoratus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and Demotispa neivai (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) have been used as a starting point for the adoption of control methods and strategies (Young 1985; Merrett 1993; Ibrahim et al.
Insects that transmit viral diseases were controlled starting at the beginning of planting, and defoliators were monitored weekly and treated when their populations reached the threshold with 100 mL of neem oil Azadiracta indica A.