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v. ex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing, ex·fo·li·ates
1. To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
2. To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
[Latin exfoliāre, exfoliāt-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Biology) (tr) to wash (a part of the body) with a granular cosmetic preparation in order to remove dead cells from the skin's surface
2. (Biology) (of bark, skin, etc) to peel off in (layers, flakes, or scales)
3. (Geological Science) (intr) (of rocks or minerals) to shed the thin outermost layer because of weathering or heating
4. (Minerals) (of some minerals, esp mica) to split or cause to split into thin flakes: a factory to exfoliate vermiculite.
[C17: from Late Latin exfoliāre to strip off leaves, from Latin folium leaf]
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v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to throw off in scales, splinters, etc.
2. to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae.v.i.
3. to peel off in thin fragments.
a. to split or swell into a scaly aggregate, as certain minerals when heated.
b. to separate into rudely concentric layers or sheets.
[1605–15; < Late Latin exfoliātus, past participle of exfoliāre to strip of leaves]
ex•fo′li•a`tive (-ˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv) adj.
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Past participle: exfoliated
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|Verb||1.||exfoliate - spread by opening the leaves of|
|2.||exfoliate - cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters|
|3.||exfoliate - remove the surface, in scales or laminae|
peel off - peel off the outer layer of something
|4.||exfoliate - come off in a very thin piece|
|5.||exfoliate - grow by producing or unfolding leaves; "plants exfoliate"|
grow - increase in size by natural process; "Corn doesn't grow here"; "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"; "her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
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A. VT → exfoliar
B. VI → exfoliarse
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