etiolate

[ ee-tee-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈi ti əˌleɪt /

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

1785–95; < French étioler to make pale, etiolate (plants), probably derivative, based on N French dial. forms, of standard French éteule, Old French estoble, estuble stubble; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM etiolate

e·ti·o·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for etiolated

etiolate
/ (ˈiːtɪəʊˌleɪt) /

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 étioler to make pale, probably from Old French estuble straw, from Latin stipula
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