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defoliant

[dee-foh-lee-uh nt] /diˈfoʊ li ənt/
noun
1.
a preparation for defoliating plants.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; defoli(ate) + -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for defoliant

defoliant

/diːˈfəʊlɪənt/
noun
1.
a chemical sprayed or dusted onto trees to cause their leaves to fall, esp to remove cover from an enemy in warfare
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Word Origin and History for defoliant
adj.

1943, from defoliate + -ant.

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