- 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
Related Words for etiolationwhiteness, sallowness, wanness, etiolation, incapacity, languor, inadequacy, enervation, exhaustion, senility, weakness, incompetence, delicacy, decrepitude, insufficiency, malaise, frailty, infirmity, debility, disease
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Historical Examples of etiolation
Laying of Wheat and other cereals is a particular case of etiolation.Disease in Plants
H. Marshall Ward
It seems necessary to draw a distinction between this state and ordinary blanching or etiolation.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
The last, in its wild state, is said to be pernicious, but etiolation changes the products and renders them harmless.
Attention was drawn to the fact that by virtue of the laws which Darwin himself had discovered isolation leads to etiolation.Evolution in Modern Thought
- botany to whiten (a green plant) through lack of sunlight
- to become or cause to become pale and weak, as from malnutrition
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.
- Paleness or pallor resulting from deprivation of light.
- The process of blanching or making pale by withholding light.
- 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.