Verb(1) strip the leaves or branches from
Adjective(1) deprived of leaves
(1) Cereal leaf beetle larvae may defoliate small grain foliage in the spring.(2) One thousand caterpillars eating leaves might completely defoliate a tree in two weeks, whereas that same number of aphids would hardly be noted.(3) They are a voracious pest, and, as I can testify from a couple of years ago, can defoliate an entire bush overnight if left to their own devices.(4) I have to admit that it has come to my garden in numbers that will defoliate plants.(5) The third step in forcing dormancy is to wait three or four days after spraying and completely defoliate the plant by pulling off the leaves.(6) Caterpillars are known to defoliate coneflower plants.(7) Frosts at any time in the growing season can partially or totally defoliate vines, but they typically remove the outermost leaf layers of a thick canopy.(8) In severe cases, blackspot can severely defoliate a plant.(9) They thrive in hot, dry weather and can defoliate a rose plant very quickly.(10) The chemical was sprayed in large quantities from aircraft in a bid to defoliate the landscape and deny cover to enemy forces.(11) Gypsy moths can attack bur oak; oak lacebug can turn the leaves off-color, causing long-term stress that heavily defoliates bur oaks in shelterbelt plantings, especially during dry weather.(12) While vigorous vines may be able to recover from a single defoliation, repeated defoliation can weaken the vine to the point of death.(13) But late blight attacks quickly and is capable of defoliating a field within a matter of weeks.(14) Slug injury to corn may occur before emergence due to feeding activity on the seeds in the furrow or to severe defoliation soon after emergence.(15) Much of the Vietnamese countryside was defoliated using poisons like Agent Orange, so toxic that even the soldiers who did the spraying suffered long-term damage to their health.(16) The effects of defoliation depend in part on the timing of defoliation .
1. defoliate ::
defoliate, defoliated, defoliates, defoliating
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