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Remove leaves from (a tree, plant, or area of land), for agricultural purposes or as a military tactic:‘the area was defoliated and napalmed many times’‘a defoliated poplar’
bare, exposed, desolate, stark, arid, desert, denuded, lunar, open, empty, windsweptView synonyms
- ‘Little leaf lindens will certainly be defoliated if Japanese beetles are in the area.’
- ‘But late blight attacks quickly and is capable of defoliating a field within a matter of weeks.’
- ‘They escaped and established a colony that invaded all of the New England states, defoliating trees of many different kinds.’
- ‘Caterpillars are known to defoliate coneflower plants.’
- ‘Gypsy moth larvae have been defoliating huge areas of forest in New England since they were accidentally introduced in 1869.’
- ‘Frosts at any time in the growing season can partially or totally defoliate vines, but they typically remove the outermost leaf layers of a thick canopy.’
- ‘Gypsy moths can attack bur oak; oak lacebug can turn the leaves off-color, causing long-term stress that heavily defoliates bur oaks in shelterbelt plantings, especially during dry weather.’
- ‘At 5 months, plants were partially defoliated or left intact.’
- ‘Cereal leaf beetle larvae may defoliate small grain foliage in the spring.’
- ‘Much of the Vietnamese countryside was defoliated using poisons like Agent Orange, so toxic that even the soldiers who did the spraying suffered long-term damage to their health.’
- ‘They thrive in hot, dry weather and can defoliate a rose plant very quickly.’
- ‘The third step in forcing dormancy is to wait three or four days after spraying and completely defoliate the plant by pulling off the leaves.’
- ‘The adults and young feed on saltcedar leaves, repeatedly defoliating the tree and depriving it of nutrients.’
- ‘A double oscillation is also a possibility, for example if the trees are defoliated by predators and then put out a second growth of leaves.’
- ‘They are a voracious pest, and, as I can testify from a couple of years ago, can defoliate an entire bush overnight if left to their own devices.’
- ‘One thousand caterpillars eating leaves might completely defoliate a tree in two weeks, whereas that same number of aphids would hardly be noted.’
- ‘Harris noted that defoliated plants could compensate for lost leaf area and increase in mass relative to non-defoliated plants.’
- ‘In severe cases, blackspot can severely defoliate a plant.’
- ‘I have to admit that it has come to my garden in numbers that will defoliate plants.’
- ‘The chemical was sprayed in large quantities from aircraft in a bid to defoliate the landscape and deny cover to enemy forces.’
Late 18th century: from late Latin defoliat- stripped of leaves, from the verb defoliare, from de- (expressing removal) + folium leaf.
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