, -·at·ed, -·at·ing
to cast or come off in flakes, scales, or layers: said of skin, bark, rock, etc.
Origin of exfoliate; from Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare, to strip of leaves ; from Classical Latin ex-, out + folium, a leaf: see foil
verbex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing, ex·fo·li·ates
- To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
- To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
Origin of exfoliateLatin exfoli&amacron;re, exfoli&amacron;t-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present exfoliates, present participle exfoliating, simple past and past participle exfoliated)