etiolate of plants, "grown in darkness," 1791, from Fr. étiolé, pp. of étioler "to blanch" (17c.), perhaps lit. "to become like straw," from Norman dialect étule "a stalk," O.Fr. esteule "straw, field of stubble," from L. stipula "straw." Related: Etiolated.

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  • Etiolate — E ti*o*late v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Etiolated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Etiolating}.] [F. [ e]tioler to blanch.] 1. To become white or whiter; to be whitened or blanched by excluding the light of the sun, as, plants. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) To become pale …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Etiolate — E ti*o*late, v. t. 1. To blanch; to bleach; to whiten by depriving of the sun s rays. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) To cause to grow pale by disease or absence of light …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Etiolate — E ti*o*late, Etiolated E ti*o*la ted, a. Having a blanched or faded appearance, as birds inhabiting desert regions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • etiolate — vb decolorize, blanch, bleach, *whiten …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • etiolate — [ē′tē ə lāt΄] vt. etiolated, etiolating [Fr étioler < dial. var. of éteule, stubble, straw < OFr estouble: see STUBBLE] 1. to cause to be pale and unhealthy 2. to deprive of strength; weaken 3. Bot. to blanch or bleach by depriving of… …   English World dictionary

  • etiolate — etiolation, n. /ee tee euh layt /, v., etiolated, etiolating. v.t. 1. to cause (a plant) to whiten or grow pale by excluding light: to etiolate celery. 2. to cause to become weakened or sickly; drain of color or vigor. v.i. 3. (of plants) to… …   Universalium

  • etiolate — transitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: French étioler Date: 1791 1. to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight 2. a. to make pale b. to deprive of natural vigor ; make feeble • etiolation noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • etiolate — verb /ˈiːtɪəleɪt/ a) To make pale through lack of light, especially of a plant. b) To make a person pale and sickly looking …   Wiktionary

  • etiolate — eti·o·late ēt ē ə .lāt vt, lat·ed; lat·ing to make pale and sickly eti·o·la·tion .ēt ē ə lā shən n …   Medical dictionary

  • etiolate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To lose normal coloration; turn pale: blanch, bleach, pale, wan. See COLORS …   English dictionary for students