Use Defoliate in a sentence
Meaning: [verb]to cause leaves to fall off ;
In extreme droughts it may defoliate completely.
The caterpillars are voracious eaters but move very little; a small group will defoliate an entire vine.
The high velocity winds of the storm can defoliate forest and wetlands.
Defoliating insects have further damaged the forests.
The leaf will become brittle and the plant will defoliate.
Some years it will even partially defoliate by September.
Biological warfare can also specifically target plants to destroy crops or defoliate vegetation.
I’ve taken the thorns off, and I’ve defoliated them.
The leaves are evergreen or semi-evergreen since they can be heavily defoliated in severe winters.
Ultimately spreads to surrounding leaves and can defoliate the plant if left untreated.