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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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pallidus acted almost as a specialist predator in the presence of the defoliating R.
We were able to schedule suppression spraying at the beginning of a population increase this year, instead of trying to catch up with an already defoliating population as has been the case in the past," said Robert Tichenor, Chief of the Department's Forest Pest Management Section.
This is a pear thrips, the insect that took the Northeast by surprise in 1988, defoliating a half-million acres of Vermont sugar maples and nearly three million acres in the northern U.
This September the national police will receive six Black Hawk attack helicopters, high-altitude fliers that can provide protection to planes defoliating mountainside poppy fields.
So every spring, before the caterpillars begin defoliating trees, entomologists venture out to forest plots to test their latest weapons against the critters, hoping to prevent the damage moths can do if left unchecked.
The shredder product line includes six sizes ranging from 80" to 24' in cutting width, and is capable of being used in a variety of shredding, cutting, defoliating and devining operations.
An epidemiologic study of military veterans for the first time strongly links health problems with exposure to dioxintainted defoliating herbicides--including Agent Orange -- used in Vietnam.
Foray is the product of choice among North American foresters faced each year with armies of caterpillars capable of defoliating acres of trees.