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[dih-nood, -nyood] /dɪˈnud, -ˈnyud/
verb (used with object), denuded, denuding.
to make naked or bare; strip:
The storm completely denuded the trees.
Geology. to subject to denudation.
Origin of denude
1505-15; < Latin dēnūdāre, equivalent to dē- de- + nūdāre to lay bare; see nude
Related forms
denuder, noun
half-denuded, adjective
undenuded, adjective Unabridged
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  • But a country pillaged and denuded of inhabitants would not long support an army.

    Agesilaus Xenophon
  • On every side were strewed the bodies of our companions, all denuded of their scalps.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • The almond trees, denuded of their leaves, shook like black skeletons.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • It becomes bare, denuded of its foliage, and grows visibly emaciated.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The next morning Stephen rose stiff and cramped from his denuded bed.

    A Girl of the Klondike Victoria Cross
  • When it was denuded of hair the hide was a full quarter of an inch through.

    The Great Sioux Trail Joseph Altsheler
  • A denuded room came into view and the fire lost all its cheerful colour.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • Villages were denuded of all save senile men, women, and infants.

British Dictionary definitions for denuded


verb (transitive)
to divest of covering; make bare; uncover; strip
to expose (rock) by the erosion of the layers above
Derived Forms
denudation (ˌdɛnjʊˈdeɪʃən; ˌdiː-) noun
denuder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēnūdāre; see nude
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Word Origin and History for denuded



early 15c. (implied in denuded), from Middle French dénuder, from Latin denudare "to lay bare, strip; uncover, expose," from de- "away" (see de-) + nudare "to strip," from nudus "naked, bare" (see naked). Related: Denuding.

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denuded in Medicine

denude de·nude (dĭ-nōōd', -nyōōd')
v. de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing, de·nudes
To divest of a covering, as myelin.

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