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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.]
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1. (Botany) botany whitened through lack of sunlight
2. literary weakened; no longer at full strength
3. literary having a pale or sickly appearance
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|Adj.||1.||etiolated - (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"|
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adjective (Formal) pale, white, faded, bleached, washed out, wan, blanched, colourless, whitened, achromatic shrivelled bulbs with long etiolated shoots
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