transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
- to cause to be pale and unhealthy
- to deprive of strength; weaken
- Bot. to blanch or bleach by depriving of sunlight
Origin of etiolateFrench étioler from dialect, dialectal variant, variety of éteule, stubble, straw from Old French estouble: see stubble
verbe·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates
- Botany To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
- a. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.b. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
Origin of etiolateFrench étioler from Norman French étieuler to grow into haulm from éteule stalk from Old French esteule from Vulgar Latin stupula from Latin stipula
green and white asparagus spears; white asparagus spears are the result of etiolation
(third-person singular simple present etiolates, present participle etiolating, simple past and past participle etiolated)
(comparative more etiolate, superlative most etiolate)