AskDefine | Define defoliate

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defoliate adj : deprived of leaves [syn: defoliated] v : strip the leaves or branches from; "defoliate the trees with pesticides"

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  1. To remove foliage from one or more plants, most often with a chemical agent.
Agent Orange was used to defoliate jungle vegetation.


to remove foliage from plants

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

denude, dismember, draw and quarter, flay, lacerate, maim, mangle, mutilate, peel, pick to pieces, pull apart, shred, skin, strip, take apart, tear apart, tear to pieces, tear to tatters
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