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defoliant

[ dee-foh-lee-uh nt ]
/ diˈfoʊ li ənt /
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noun

a preparation for defoliating plants.

RELATED WORDS

pesticide, fungicide, insecticide, weedkiller, DDT, paraquat, herbicide

Nearby words

defocus, defoe, defoe, daniel, defog, defogger, defoliant, defoliate, defoliation, deforce, deforciant, deforest

Origin of defoliant

First recorded in 1940–45; defoli(ate) + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for defoliant

defoliant

/ (diːˈfəʊlɪənt) /

noun

a chemical sprayed or dusted onto trees to cause their leaves to fall, esp to remove cover from an enemy in warfare
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Word Origin and History for defoliant

defoliant


adj.

1943, from defoliate + -ant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper