from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive (a plant, tree, or forest) of leaves.
- transitive v. To cause the leaves of (a plant, tree, or forest) to fall off, especially by the use of chemicals.
- intransitive v. To lose foliage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove foliage from (one or more plants), most often with a chemical agent.
- adj. Deprived of leaves; defoliated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Deprived of leaves, as by their natural fall.
- transitive v. to cause (a plant) to shed its leaves.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of leaves; cut or pick off the leaves of.
- Deprived of leaves; having cast its leaves.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strip the leaves or branches from
- adj. deprived of leaves
Late Latin dēfoliāre, dēfoliāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
de- + foliate (Wiktionary)