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Verb: exfoliate  eks'fow-lee,eyt
  1. Spread by opening the leaves of
     
  2. Cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
     
  3. Remove the surface, in scales or laminae
     
  4. Come off in a very thin piece
     
  5. Grow by producing or unfolding leaves
    "plants exfoliate"

Derived forms: exfoliated, exfoliates, exfoliating

Type of: break away, break off, cast, cast off, chip, chip off, come off, drop, grow, lose, open, peel off, shake off, shed, spread, spread out, throw, throw away, throw off, unfold

Encyclopedia: Exfoliate