[ ee-tee-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈi ti əˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing.
(of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.
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Origin of etiolate
OTHER WORDS FROM etiolatee·ti·o·la·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for etiolate
I can not believe that, to produce one roseate complexion, she must etiolate a thousand.The Book of Khalid|Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for etiolate
/ (ˈiːtɪəʊˌleɪt) /
botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
Derived forms of etiolateetiolation, noun
Word Origin for etiolate
C18: from French étioler to make pale, probably from Old French estuble straw, from Latin stipula
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