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defoliate (verb) make a tree or a plant bare of leaves.

To remove leaves from a tree or a plant, especially by using chemicals, is to defoliate it. To destroy the leaves of plants by using chemicals is to defoliate them. Trees are defoliated some times before they are felled as it makes logging easy. Plants are defoliated sometimes for decoration.

  • There was an accident in a chemical factory and the gases that were emitted from the accident site defoliated the trees within the factory and in the neighborhood.
  • A knowledge of the chemicals that defoliate can help in designing procedures to reduce the effect of defoliation.
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