- 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.
Origin of etiolate
Examples from the Web for etiolate
I can not believe that, to produce one roseate complexion, she must etiolate a thousand.The Book of Khalid
- botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
- to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
Word Origin and History for etiolate
of plants, "grown in darkness," 1791, from French étiolé, past participle of étioler "to blanch" (17c.), perhaps literally "to become like straw," from Norman dialect étule "a stalk," Old French esteule "straw, field of stubble," from Latin stipula "straw." Related: Etiolated.
- A pathological condition of plants that grow in places that provide insufficient light, as under stones. It is characterized by elongated stems and pale color due to lack of chlorophyll.