Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Etiolate
 
Definition: (verb)
 
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.
 
Etymology:
 
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.
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