defoliate

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Synonyms for defoliate

strip the leaves or branches from

deprived of leaves

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And there is no connection between a man's refusal to defoliate and his masculinity.
A boy astride the sole tree in a grassy island all but engulfed by asphalt and concrete defoliates it leaf by leaf in anticipation of the fall: "My father thinks its a good idea .
The adelgid defoliates hemlocks by injecting toxins into the needles where it feeds, preventing the trees from producing new growth.