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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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Larvae are defoliators and feed gregariously between the first and third instars, often skeletonizing leaves.
190/GC-5, dated March 20th, 2001 of Aeronautical Command, a Specialized Air Service (SAE) is every aeronautical activity other than public transport, covering agricultural aviation as an aerial activity with the purpose of protecting or promoting the development of agriculture in any of its aspects, through fertilizers, seeding, pest control and disease propagating agents, application of herbicides, defoliators and waters populating (BRASIL, 2001).
Additionally, the majority of caterpillars are defoliators, making them readily available to gleaners like the Cerulean Warbler (MacArthur 1959; Holmes & Schultz 1988).
Although speculative, a possible explanation for the decline is an irruption of defoliators similar to the one documented over 19972002.
brasiliense trees had more food resources than other trees did for insects to increase diversity and abundance, as was observed for wood-borers (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) and populations of defoliators (Coleoptera and Lepidoptera) (Leite et al.
Since moth worms only feed on mangrove leaves, they act as defoliators.
This can be attributed to the higher content of azadirachtin, considered the most potent of the limonoids, or the tetranortriterpenoids with toxic activity to arthropods, because 90% of azadirachtin is concentrated in the neem cake after pressing the seeds (Brechelt & Fernandez, 1995), which may contribute to the control of defoliators.
Grasshoppers are of ecological importance for recycling of plant matter, since they are mostly defoliators of decaying plant and moss (Amedegnato 1977).
Effects of drought stress and nutrient availability on dry matter allocation, phenolic glycosides, and rapid induced resistance of poplar to two lymantriid defoliators.
The agronomic development of the crop is influenced by abiotic and biotic factors, of which pest insects and especially defoliators stand out (Galon et al.