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defoliate

de·fo·li·ate

defoliate

 
pronunciation:
di fo li eIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: defoliated, defoliates, defoliating
definition 1: to remove the leaves of (a tree or the like).
definition 2: to cause the leaves of (trees or the like) to drop off, esp. by using a chemical spray or dust, usu. so as to render a forested area unusable by military opponents.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to lose foliage.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: having lost all leaves; leafless.
derivations: defoliation (n.), defoliator (n.)