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exfoliate

Verb

1 spread by opening the leaves of
2 cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
3 remove the surface, in scales or laminae
4 come off in a very thin piece
5 grow by producing or unfolding leaves; "plants exfoliate"

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English

Etymology

From Latin exfoliare to remove leaves.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To remove the leaves from a plant.
  2. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.

Translations

to remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation

Extensive Definition

Exfoliation has several meanings: thumb|200px|Geological exfoliation of granite at [[Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas, USA]]

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrange in layers, breach, break, burst, bust, check, chip, crack, delaminate, desquamate, fissure, flake, flake off, fracture, laminate, lay down, lay up, layer, peel, rupture, scale, scale off, snap, split, stratify
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