defoliation definition

  • noun:
    • The split of ripened leaves from a branch or stem; the falling or shedding for the leaves.
    • The split of ripened leaves from a branch or stem; the falling or shedding associated with leaves.
    • the act or process of causing plants to lose their leaves, particularly by application of a chemical agent.
    • lack of leaves, as by the depredations of insects; specifically, late leaves in autumn.
    • evoking the leaves of woods along with other plants to-fall off (as by the use of chemicals)
    • the increasing loss of vegetation

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