Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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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").

Examples

  • But though they require this refreshing at first, yet do they perfectly abhor all stercoration; nor will they much endure to have the earth open’d about their roots for ablaqueation, or be disturb’d: This is also to be understood of cypress.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discourse of Forest Trees

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