- to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light: to etiolate celery.
- to cause to become weakened or sickly; drain of color or vigor.
- (of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.
Origin of etiolate
Examples from the Web for etiolated
His voice was hollow, etiolated like a flower grown in darkness.The Jewels of Aptor
Samuel R. Delany
Etiolated, blanched by excluding the light, as the stalks of Celery.The Elements of Botany
The green colour of etiolated plants may be restored by exposure to light.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
His abstract and etiolated internationalism has been replaced by the warm humanity of writers like, say, David or Pernerstorfer.The Open Secret of Ireland
T. M. Kettle
Suddenly began the plaint of the organ, and some half-dozen voices sang a hymn; and these pale, etiolated voices interested her.Evelyn Innes
- botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
- to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
Word Origin and History for etiolated
of plants, "grown in darkness," 1791, from French étiolé, past participle of étioler "to blanch" (17c.), perhaps literally "to become like straw," from Norman dialect étule "a stalk," Old French esteule "straw, field of stubble," from Latin stipula "straw." Related: Etiolated.