AskDefine | Define defoliant

Dictionary Definition

defoliant n : a chemical that is sprayed on plants and causes their leaves to fall off

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  1. An agent used to defoliate plants.
Agent Orange is a defoliant.


agent used to defoliate plants

Extensive Definition

A defoliant is any chemical sprayed or dusted on plants to cause its leaves to fall off. A classic example of a highly toxic defoliant used for tactical purposes is Agent Orange, which was used widely by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1970.
Defoliants differ from herbicides in that the former seeks mainly to strip leaves from plants, and the latter is used to destroy or inhibit the growth of plants. Defoliation is not always caused by defoliants. It can be many different environmental factors that cause a plant's leaves to fall off.
defoliant in German: Entlaubungsmittel
defoliant in French: Défoliant
defoliant in Japanese: 枯葉剤
defoliant in Dutch: Ontbladeringsmiddel
defoliant in Polish: Defolianty
defoliant in Russian: Дефолиант
defoliant in Simple English: Defoliant
defoliant in Swedish: Avlövningsmedel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acaricide, anthelmintic, antibiotic, antiseptic, bug bomb, carbamate insecticide, chemosterilant, chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, contact poison, disinfectant, eradicant, fumigant, fungicide, germicide, herbicide, insect powder, insecticide, microbicide, miticide, organic chlorine, organic phosphate insecticide, pesticide, poison, rat poison, roach paste, roach powder, rodenticide, stomach poison, systemic, systemic insecticide, toxic, toxicant, toxin, venin, venom, vermicide, virus, weed killer
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