One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a plant) pale and drawn out due to a lack of light.‘etiolated leaf segments’
pale, pallid, ashen, white, white as a sheet, greyView synonyms
- ‘Exposure of etiolated cereal leaves to red light results in unrolling.’
- ‘It is found in leaves, etiolated tissues, seeds, roots, fruits, and tubers in the chloroplast as well as in the cytosol.’
- ‘These plants continued to grow without light and developed new etiolated leaves.’
- ‘Small amounts of such products have been observed by other groups in protein samples from etiolated barley and wheat seedlings.’
- ‘Although expression of carotenoid genes does occur in etiolated plants, their synthesis is stimulated on transfer to light.’
- ‘Flowering continues but decreases through at least three seasons without burning; in long unburned sites, plants are etiolated and flower rarely if at all.’
2Having lost vigour or substance; feeble.‘a tone of etiolated nostalgia’
feeble, weak, insipid, pallid, pale, wishy-washy, vapid, bland, poor, puny, flat, inadequateView synonyms
- ‘Apart from an elongated waist which gave him the look of the etiolated shadow of a much taller man, he was not altogether bad looking.’
- ‘He felt etiolated and unkempt.’
Late 18th century: from etiolate + -ed.
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