• WordNet 3.6
    • n etiolation (botany) the act of causing a plant to develop without chlorophyll by growing it without exposure to sunlight "the etiolation of celery"
    • n etiolation the act of weakening by stunting the growth or development of something "the etiolation of the critical tradition"
    • n etiolation a pale and sickly appearance "his etiolation signaled years in prison"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Etiolation (Med) Paleness produced by absence of light, or by disease.
    • Etiolation The operation of blanching plants, by excluding the light of the sun; the condition of a blanched plant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n etiolation The becoming white through loss of natural coloring matter as a result of the exclusion of light or of disease.
    • n etiolation In horticulture, the rendering of plants white, crisp, and tender by excluding the action of light from them, as celery for the table. Compare albinism.
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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

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.