v. de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing, de·fo·li·ates
1. To deprive (a plant or a vegetated area, for example) of leaves.
2. To cause the leaves of (a plant or plants) to fall off, especially by the use of chemicals.
To lose foliage.
[Late Latin dēfoliāre, dēfoliāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
de·foli·ate (-ĭt) adj.
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