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exfoliate

Definitions of exfoliate
  1. verb
    remove the surface, in scales or laminae
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    type of:
    peel off
    peel off the outer layer of something
  2. verb
    cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
  3. verb
    come off in a very thin piece
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    type of:
    break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
    break off (a piece from a whole)
  4. verb
    grow by producing or unfolding leaves
    “plants exfoliate
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    type of:
    grow
    increase in size by natural process
  5. verb
    spread by opening the leaves of
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    type of:
    open, spread, spread out, unfold
    spread out or open from a closed or folded state
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