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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The becoming white through loss of natural coloring matter as a result of the exclusion of light or of disease.
  • noun In horticulture, the rendering of plants white, crisp, and tender by excluding the action of light from them, as celery for the table. Compare albinism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The operation of blanching plants, by excluding the light of the sun; the condition of a blanched plant.
  • noun (Med.) Paleness produced by absence of light, or by disease.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany growth process of plants grown in the absence of light, characterized by long, weak stems, fewer leaves and chlorosis
  • noun botany The operation of blanching plants, by excluding the light of the sun; the condition of a blanched plant.
  • noun Paleness produced by absence of light, or by disease.

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

  • noun (botany) the act of causing a plant to develop without chlorophyll by growing it without exposure to sunlight
  • noun a pale and sickly appearance
  • noun the act of weakening by stunting the growth or development of something

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