etiolate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj etiolate (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light "etiolated celery"
    • v etiolate make pale or sickly "alcohol etiolates your skin"
    • v etiolate bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
    • v etiolate make weak by stunting the growth or development of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Etiolate Having a blanched or faded appearance, as birds inhabiting desert regions.
    • Etiolate (Med) To become pale through disease or absence of light.
    • Etiolate To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants.
    • Etiolate To blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun's rays.
    • Etiolate (Med) To cause to grow pale by disease or absence of light.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • etiolate To grow white from absence of the normal amount of coloring matter, as the leaves or stalks of plants; be whitened by exclusion of the light of the sun, as plants: sometimes, in pathology, said of persons.
    • etiolate To blanch; whiten by exclusion of the sun's rays or by disease.
    • etiolate Synonyms Blanch, etc. See whiten.
    • etiolate Also etiolize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Etiolate ē-ti-o-lāt′ (med., bot.) to cause to grow pale from want of light and fresh air
    • v.i Etiolate to become pale from disease or absence of light
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. étioler, to blanch

Usage

In literature:

Chicken-hazard is scotched, not killed; but a poor, weazened, etiolated biped is that once game-bird now.
"The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims" by Andrew Steinmetz
Attention was drawn to the fact that by virtue of the laws which Darwin himself had discovered isolation leads to etiolation.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
He felt as the etiolated grass and daisies must do when you move the garden roller away to a new place.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
Born in the ranks of the middle class, married young to a rich financier, M. Lenormant d'Etioles, Mdlle.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Suddenly began the plaint of the organ, and some half-dozen voices sang a hymn; and these pale, etiolated voices interested her.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
The last, in its wild state, is said to be pernicious, but etiolation changes the products and renders them harmless.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
ALBINISM, axolotl affected by, 182; difference between etiolation and, 182, 184.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
It seems necessary to draw a distinction between this state and ordinary blanching or etiolation.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
I can not believe that, to produce one roseate complexion, she must etiolate a thousand.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Pauline surrendered, and they went across the etiolated lawn towards the entrance.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
Because of this fact, magnesium-starvation produces etiolated plants, which cannot function normally.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
The green colour of etiolated plants may be restored by exposure to light.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
Etiolation, 106, 179, 180, 229.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward
Pauline surrendered, and they went across the etiolated lawn toward the entrance.
"Guy and Pauline" by Compton Mackenzie
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In news:

She has a mane of silver hair, an etiolated neck, high cheekbones, bright, intelligent, lively eyes, and all 83 of her years etched upon her face.
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