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defoliant

de·fo·li·ant

defoliant

 
pronunciation:
di fo li nt
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part of speech: noun
definition: a chemical spray or dust that causes plants' leaves to drop off.
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The word defoliant contains the following parts:
foli, foil Latin root that means leaf, page
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.