verb (used with object), e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing.
verb (used without object), e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing.
Origin of etiolate
Related Words for etiolateblanch, wan, exhaust, faint, sicken, whiten, fade, bleach, diminish, enervate, pale
Examples from the Web for etiolate
Historical Examples of etiolate
I can not believe that, to produce one roseate complexion, she must etiolate a thousand.The Book of Khalid
Word Origin 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.