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verb ex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing, ex·fo·li·ates verb, transitive
- To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
- To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
Origin: Latin exfoliāre, exfoliāt-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
- ex·foˌli·aˈtion noun
- ex·foˈli·aˌtive adjective
- ex·foˈli·aˌtor noun