transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to strip (trees, etc.) of leaves
- to use a defoliant on
Origin of defoliatefrom Late Latin defoliatus, past participle of defoliare from de-, from + folium, a leaf: see foliate
verbde·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing, de·fo·li·ates
- To deprive (a plant or a vegetated area, for example) of leaves.
- To cause the leaves of (a plant or plants) to fall off, especially by the use of chemicals.
Origin of defoliateLate Latin dēfoliāre dēfoliāt-Latin dē- de- Latin folium leaf ; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present defoliates, present participle defoliating, simple past and past participle defoliated)
- To remove foliage from (one or more plants), most often with a chemical agent.
- Agent Orange was used to defoliate jungle vegetation.
(comparative more defoliate, superlative most defoliate)
- Deprived of leaves; defoliated.
de- + foliate