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exfoliate

ex·fo·li·ate

exfoliate

 
pronunciation:
ihks fo li eIt
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: exfoliated, exfoliates, exfoliating
definition: to cast off or come off in scales, layers, or flakes as skin, bark, or rock.
similar words:
scale, shed
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derivation: exfoliative (adj.)
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