Word of the Day: Etiolate
1) to cause to become weakened or sickly; drain of color or vigor.
2) to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light: to etiolate celery.
3) (of plants) to whiten or grow pale through lack of light.
Etiolate comes from the French verb étioler “to make pale, etiolate (plants),” probably derivative of a Norman French dialect form of standard French éteule, from Old French estoble, estuble “stubble,” from Latin stipula “stalk, straw.” The word entered English in the 18th century.