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etiolate

[ ee-tee-uh-leyt ]
/ 藞i ti 蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used with object), e路ti路o路lat路ed, e路ti路o路lat路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路ti路o路lat路ed, e路ti路o路lat路ing.
(of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.
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Origin of etiolate

First recorded in 1785鈥95; <French 茅tioler 鈥渢o make pale, etiolate (plants),鈥 probably derivative of a Norman French dialect form of standard French 茅teule, Old French estoble, estuble stubble; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM etiolate

e路ti路o路la路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.

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British Dictionary definitions for etiolate

etiolate
/ (藞i藧t瑟蓹蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
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 etiolate

etiolation, noun

Word Origin for etiolate

C18: from French 茅tioler to make pale, probably from Old French estuble straw, from Latin stipula
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