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defoliate

(of a plant) having shed its leaves
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

defoliate

[dē′fō·lē‚āt]
(botany)
To remove leaves or cause leaves to fall, especially prematurely.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment for the enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of suffering and disability.
The US military used Agent Orange, named after its orange-striped containers, to defoliate areas believed to be harbouring communist forces during the war which ended in 1975 and led to Vietnam s reunification.
Neo's larvae feed on Lygodium leaves and, in large numbers, can defoliate entire plants.
These insects undergo seemingly unpredictable population booms and can defoliate whole forests.
At the same time, it's worth using one of the modern safe insecticides to control the sawfly which will often defoliate your gooseberries.
Goldwater had surely earned his reputation as a gunslinger with his proposal to use tactical nukes to defoliate Vietnam, his repeated calls to give NATO armies the right to use atomic weapons on their own, and his constant refrain that U.S.
Their studies show that as caterpillars defoliate a tree, the quantity and structure of the tannin in the leaves changes, becoming more deadly to the virus.
Years ago this involved sitting in a crowded room waiting your turn while everyone coughed and spluttered and smoked cigarettes, creating an atmosphere toxic enough to defoliate a rain forest.
Rose slugs occasionally defoliate the plant (it has never been sprayed), but the plant immediately refoliates and continues in bloom.
Acid rain was going to defoliate the land and starve us.
Is anyone with any knowledge of the wars in Laos and Cambodia really surprised a military which was able to defoliate vast tracts of Vietnam with Agent Orange and which is of course now even more technologically advanced, hasn't dealt massive blows to poppy cultivation or that there have been record harvests in recent years?