[French 'étioler', from Norman French 'étieuler', to grow into haulm, from 'éteule', stalk, from Old French 'esteule', from Latin 'stipula', stalk]

trans. v.
In botany, to cause a plant to develop without chlorophyl by preventing exposure to sunlight.
2. To cause to appear pale and sickly.
3. To make weak by stunting the growth or development of.

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