American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
- v. To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
- v. To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments; desquamate: as, the exfoliating bark of a tree.
- Specifically In surgery, to separate and come off in scales, as carious bone.
- In mineralogy, to split into scales; especially, to become scaly at the surface in consequence of heat or decomposition: as, vermiculite exfoliates before the blowpipe.
- To scale; free from scales or splinters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To separate and come off in scales or laminæ, as pieces of carious bone or of bark.
- v. (Min.) To split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition.
- v. To remove scales, laminæ, or splinters from the surface of.
- v. grow by producing or unfolding leaves
- v. cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
- v. come off in a very thin piece
- v. spread by opening the leaves of
- v. remove the surface, in scales or laminae
- From exfoliāt-, the perfect passive participial stem of the Late Latin exfoliō ("I strip of leaves"), from ex ("out of”, “from") + folium ("leaf"); compare effoliate and the French exfolier. (Wiktionary)
- Latin exfoliāre, exfoliāt-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Maybe I'll take some high-grade sandpaper into the shower and "exfoliate" until most of my skin falls off.”
“( "exfoliate," I should say, mineralogically) always into something else, -- though that's my fault more than yours; but I must go straight on now.”
“But I was getting good at sleeping in and rubbing sand onto my shins to exfoliate what was dead, and that counted for something.”
“If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate and shave your legs a day before using self-tanner, she says.3.”
“May 19, 2009 at 3: 17 PM â€¢ Coffee grounds act as a natural exfoliate.”
“That mothers hate her, and Schiffer, because now they've got to get up at 4.30 every morning to shower, exfoliate, buff, varnish and pluck, before they schlep to drop-off, Spanx-ed to within an inch of their lives and sporting this season's excruciating heels.”
“If, like me, you are a fan of Eve Lom's cleansing routine (£30), which requires a muslin face cloth, then you are already ticking the exfoliate and cleanse boxes (you could also use a flannel and something like Mama Mio's Clean Slate, £22.50).”
“I don't exfoliate as much as I should because I'm lazy (it supposedly helps the skin absorb moisture and preps for self tan—plus it just feels good), but when I do I use Bliss' Lemon + Sage Body Scrub (from £28) or the Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub (from £5).”
“To get dry, flaky skin prepped for summer exposure, gently exfoliate to give the skin a smoother and brighter appearance.”
“Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate lips at night, then generously apply an intensely moisturizing lip balm to keep lips soft and supple.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘exfoliate’.
includes words of the "Prodcom list"
Out of this world via the "X-express".
Verbs meaning peel or scale
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
Words that are just fun to say. Entirely subjective, but I like 'em regardless. A complement to the list They Stumble Off The Tongue.
IE roots of bhel- and a few others
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