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.
- e·ti·o·la·tion, noun
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How to use etiolate in a sentence
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
botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
- etiolation, noun
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