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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scaling off of a bone, a rock, or a mineral, etc.; the state of being exfoliated.
  • n. The loss of leaves from a plant.
  • n. The removal of a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The scaling off of a bone, a rock, or a mineral, etc.; the state of being exfoliated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scaling off; the peeling off or separation of scales or laminæ, as from the cuticle, diseased bone, disintegrating rocks, etc.; desquamation.
  • n. That which is exfoliated or scaled off.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the peeling off in flakes or scales of bark or dead skin
  • n. a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin

Etymologies

From Latin exfoliare (to remove leaves). (Wiktionary)

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