Definitions for etiolateˈi ti əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•ti•o•lateˈi ti əˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light.

    Category: Botany, Plant Pathology

  2. to drain of color or vigor.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.i.)(of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.

    Category: Botany, Plant Pathology

Origin of etiolate:

1785–95; < F étioler to make pale


Princeton's WordNet

  1. etiolate, etiolated, blanched(verb)

    (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light

    "etiolated celery"

  2. etiolate(verb)

    make weak by stunting the growth or development of

  3. etiolate(verb)

    bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight

  4. etiolate(verb)

    make pale or sickly

    "alcohol etiolates your skin"


  1. etiolate(Verb)

    To make pale through lack of light, especially of a plant.

  2. etiolate(Verb)

    To make a person pale and sickly-looking.

  3. Origin: étioler, from Norman étieuler, ultimately from estuble, from stupla, from stipula (English stubble).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Etiolate(verb)

    to become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants

  2. Etiolate(verb)

    to become pale through disease or absence of light

  3. Etiolate(verb)

    to blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun's rays

  4. Etiolate(verb)

    to cause to grow pale by disease or absence of light

  5. Etiolate(adj)

    alt. of Etiolated


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