verb (used with object), de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing.
verb (used without object), de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing.
Origin of defoliate
Related formsde·fo·li·a·tion, nounde·fo·li·a·tor, nounun·de·fo·li·at·ed, adjective
Examples from the Web for defoliation
Therefore, trees deprived of their foliage are liable to perish, and they are injured in proportion to their defoliation.
The period of defoliation varies in different countries according to the nature of their climate.
Defoliation of seedlings and bearing trees often occurs in July and August.
Also shriveled kernels are the result of defoliation by early frosts which may be very local and affect some trees and not others.
Caterpillars, grubs, and beetles specialize on defoliation and feed upon the leaves, the lungs of the trees.The Spell of the Rockies|Enos A. Mills