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defoliate

(of a plant) having shed its leaves
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defoliate

[dē′fō·lē‚āt]
(botany)
To remove leaves or cause leaves to fall, especially prematurely.
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Natural Resources Canada warned last fall that while the impact is greatest on Quebec's North Shore and in the Gaspe and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, where 7 million hectares have been defoliated, budworm has been spotted in New Brunswick and may spread to the Acadian Forest.
The tallest plants were observed in plots that received [T.sub.3] and defoliated at six WAS (82.44 cm).
(1992) studied similar response of Cenchrus ciliaris and reported that maximum number of tillers was found in plots defoliated at the end of growing season.
ambigua after plants of these species were defoliated or remained undefoliated.
If cotton is defoliated too early, yields can be compromised significantly because boll development is incomplete, whereas delaying defoliation allows immature bolls to develop, potentially enhancing yields (Snipes and Baskin, 1994).
Four treatments (the number of leaves defoliated every week 0, 10, 15, and 20) were randomly assigned to pots and replicated four times in a randomized complete block design.
Week after week in my defoliated chest I hear Dan Rather a week too soon or a week too late.
Forests in Vietnam were chemically defoliated, and the burning of oil wells in Kuwait during the Gulf War was both a political and military tactic.
This is especially important with busy lizzies, I have seen beautiful busy lizzy baskets leave the garden centre only to be returned a fortnight later totally defoliated due to incorrect watering.
VFW magazine published a feature article--"Agent Orange Defoliated Korea's DMZ"--on this subject in February 2000.