Word of the Day: etiolate

eti·o·late transitive verb \ˈē-tē-ə-ˌlāt\

eti·o·lat·ed
eti·o·lat·ing

Definition of ETIOLATE

1: to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
2
a: to make pale

b: to deprive of natural vigor : make feeble

eti·o·la·tion \ˌē-tē-ə-ˈlā-shən\noun

Examples of ETIOLATE

  1. <the long, stressful days and sleepless nights gradually etiolated him>

Origin of ETIOLATE

French étioler

First Known Use: 1791
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