verb (used with object), de·nud·ed, de·nud·ing.

  1. to make naked or bare; strip: The storm completely denuded the trees.
  2. Geology. to subject to denudation.

verb (tr)

  1. to divest of covering; make bare; uncover; strip
  2. to expose (rock) by the erosion of the layers above

early 15c. (implied in denuded), from Middle French dénuder, from Latin denudare “to lay bare, strip; uncover, expose,” from de- “away” (see de-) + nudare “to strip,” from nudus “naked, bare” (see naked). Related: Denuding.


  1. To divest of a covering, as myelin.

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