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Meaning of ETIOLATE

Pronunciation:  'eeteeu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery"
  2. [v]  bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
  3. [v]  make pale or sickly; "alcohol etiolates your skin"
  4. [v]  make weak by stunting the growth or development of

ETIOLATE is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: blanched, colorless, colourless, etiolated
 See Also: alter, change, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E"ti*o*late\ v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Etiolated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Etiolating}.] [F. ['e]tioler to blanch.]
    1. To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by
       excluding the light of the sun, as, plants.
    2. (Med.) To become pale through disease or absence of light.
  2. \E"ti*o*late\, v. t.
    1. To blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun's
    2. (Med.) To cause to grow pale by disease or absence of
  3. \E"ti*o*late\, Etiolated \E"ti*o*la`ted\, a.
    Having a blanched or faded appearance, as birds inhabiting
    desert regions.