from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Botany To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight.
- transitive v. To cause to appear pale and sickly: a face that was etiolated from years in prison.
- transitive v. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.
- intransitive v. Botany To become blanched or whitened, as when grown without sunlight.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make pale through lack of light, especially of a plant.
- v. To make a person pale and sickly-looking.
- adj. etiolated
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants.
- intransitive v. To become pale through disease or absence of light.
- transitive v. To blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun's rays.
- transitive v. To cause to grow pale by disease or absence of light.
- adj. Having a blanched or faded appearance, as birds inhabiting desert regions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To blanch; whiten by exclusion of the sun's rays or by disease.
- Synonyms Blanch, etc. See whiten.
- Also etiolize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight
- adj. (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light
- v. make weak by stunting the growth or development of
- v. make pale or sickly
Bet "etiolate" would stump all but the most zanily creative among us.
Fourth, the irrefutable theory of irreducible complexity of Michael Behe will etiolate.
If the nut is planted deep this causes much suckering and a tendency to etiolate the buds so they will stand water.
Understood only by a small group of specialists. etiolate