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  1. to make pale through lack of light, especially of a plant
  2. to make a person pale and sickly-looking
  • 1980: She was a very lovely woman in her late thirties, in a silk dress of screaming scarlet that would have etiolated a white woman to bled veal. " Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
  • 1995: Gwynn and Richard were at the Westway Health and Fitness Centre, surrounded by thirty or forty etiolated drunks: playing snooker. " Martin Amis, i: theinformation
  • Etymology: French étolier, from Normandy French étieuler, ultimately from Old French estuble "stubble", from Latin stupla, from stipula "straw, stubble".

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