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defoliate

(of a plant) having shed its leaves

defoliate

[dē′fō·lē‚āt]
(botany)
To remove leaves or cause leaves to fall, especially prematurely.
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Gypsy moth larvae, considered a pest by the ODA's Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program, defoliate trees and other plants.
They can largely defoliate a rose plant in a short time.
Also, the branches on the lower portion of the vines tend to defoliate.
Dr Sharp said it was a similar genetic inheritance to that suffered by Vietnamese families, after toxic Agent Orange was sprayed by US troops during the war there to defoliate forests and expose Communist Viet Cong guerrillas.
And there is no connection between a man's refusal to defoliate and his masculinity.
Unfortunately, some caragana bushes defoliate during extremely hot weather.
Prinn of MIT painted a bleak picture of parts of the world after a comet impact: Under dark, reddish-brown skies, animals would be asphyxiated by the noxious and pungent air and burned by the acid rain, which would also defoliate trees, turn soils to powder and leave pockmarks on those rocks that it did not dissolve completely.
Gale-force winds can defoliate plants, spray them with salt, or even break or uproot them.
Gypsy moths are again knocking on Oregon's door, threatening to defoliate large swaths of native and ornamental trees across much of the state's forested landscape, devastating native fish and wildlife habitat and three of Oregon's economic engines - our timber, tourism and nursery industries.
Dioxins, known to increase the likelihood of cancer in humans, were the prime ingredient in the controversial 'Agent Orange' used by the Americans to defoliate forests in the Vietnam War.
Having grown up in humid greenhouses, they defoliate when placed in the desiccating air of a Valley living room.
This new tool allows banana growers to reduce the total amount of chemical fungicides that they apply to the bananas without skimping on the control of the disease that can quickly defoliate their plants.