[dih-nood, -nyood]
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verb (used with object), de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing.
  1. to make naked or bare; strip: The storm completely denuded the trees.
  2. Geology. to subject to denudation.

Origin of denude

1505–15; < Latin dēnūdāre, equivalent to dē- de- + nūdāre to lay bare; see nude
Related formsde·nud·er, nounhalf-de·nud·ed, adjectiveun·de·nud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for denude

fleece, peel, expose, undress, bare, uncover, disrobe

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verb (tr)
  1. to divest of covering; make bare; uncover; strip
  2. to expose (rock) by the erosion of the layers above
Derived Formsdenudation (ˌdɛnjʊˈdeɪʃən, ˌdiː-), noundenuder, noun

Word Origin for denude

C16: from Latin dēnūdāre; see nude
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Word Origin and History for denude

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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denude in Medicine


  1. To divest of a covering, as myelin.
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