from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of laying bare the roots of trees to expose them to the air and water.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A laying bare of the roots of trees to expose them to the air and water.
From Latin ablaqueātiō ("the process or act of digging or loosening the soil around the roots of a tree"), from ablaqueō ("disentangle"), from ab ("from, away from") + laqueō ("entangle, ensnare"). (Wiktionary)