etiolation

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etiolation

[‚ed·ē·ə′lā·shən]
(botany)
The yellowing or whitening of green plant parts grown in darkness.
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America itself was a stunted universe where men etiolate and shrink, and contract syphilis from eating iguana.
When he reaches his favorite touchstone of memory--her "small white garden gate," so pure and virginal in the English gloaming--he, groping, stumbles and falls against what he perceives in the failing light to be that familiar etiolate portal to perfect bliss.
In addition, the ability of moss stems to etiolate under low-light conditions, and thus reduce the degree of correlation between band length and biomass, further complicates hindcasting.