Etiolate - #491


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Jan 23 2019 12

Today's word of the day is etiolate, E-T-I-O-L-A-T-E. Etiolate is a verb that means to drain or make weak.


The French have generously donated the word etiolator (ay tee oh LAY) to our language. it has since undergone renovation to become etiolate. It means 'to make pale.' But to understand our word of the day's proper use, it would help to recall that when something is made pale, it has blood drained from it. 


Working at the zoo may be a rewarding job, but it can etiolate you. By the end of the day, you may be exhausted to the point where you never want to see another pelican again.


Once again, the spelling of etiolate is E-T-I-O-L-A-T-E.