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Defoliation   Listen
defoliation  n.  
The separation of ripened leaves from a branch or stem; the falling or shedding of the leaves.
The act or process of causing plants to lose their leaves, especially by application of a chemical agent. Note: The deliberate defoliation of plants has been used in war (as in Vietnam) to deprive an enemy of cover and allow attack from the air; also, to destroy narcotic-producing plants as a tactic against illegal drug production. The chemical defoliating agents are often sprayed over large areas from airplanes.

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"Defoliation" Quotes from Famous Books

... say most of our reporters. A scab is reported for the first time this year in some sections on pecans. "Galls" are reported on some hickories. A husk blight appears to affect Persian walnuts in some places, and nut production is very seriously affected among black walnuts by defoliation prematurely, either because of drought or leaf-spot. The cure is undoubtedly the same as for disease affecting the trees, ...
— Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943 • Various

Words linked to "Defoliation" :   defoliate, organic process, change of state, biological process

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