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v. e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates
1. Botany To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
a. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.
b. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
To become blanched or whitened, as when grown without sunlight.
[French étioler, from Norman French étieuler, to grow into haulm, from éteule, stalk, from Old French esteule, from Vulgar Latin *stupula, from Latin stipula.]
1. (Botany) botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
2. to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
[C18: from French étioler to make pale, probably from Old French estuble straw, from Latin stipula]
e•ti•o•late(ˈi ti əˌleɪt)
v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. v.t.
1. to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light.
2. to drain of color or vigor.v.i.
3. (of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.
[1785–95; < French étioler to make pale]
etiolate- Become whiter or lighter, especially by not getting enough light.
See also related terms for lighter.
Past participle: etiolated
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|Verb||1.||etiolate - make weak by stunting the growth or development of|
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
|2.||etiolate - bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight|
|3.||etiolate - make pale or sickly; "alcohol etiolates your skin"|
|Adj.||1.||etiolate - (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"|
vt (Bot) → etiolieren (spec); (= enfeeble) → auszehren