One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make (a plant) pale through lack of light.‘the seedling had been etiolated by having been grown in darkness’
- ‘Plants grown in pots were etiolated by keeping 4-week-old plants in complete darkness for 2 days.’
- ‘Green barley that had never been etiolated gave essentially the same results as etiolated plants that were exposed to light.’
- ‘Our results clearly indicate that P650 - 655 is the main photoactive LPOR complex involved in continuous Chl accumulation in illuminated leaves of plants that have not been previously etiolated.’
- ‘Measurements of starch and sucrose contents were also performed on leaves from plants etiolated for 2 days in order to investigate whether the starch in the CMS plants could be metabolized.’
Late 18th century: from French étioler, from Norman French étieuler ‘grow into haulm’: see -ate.
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