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decorticate (v.)

1610s, "remove the bark from," from Latin decorticatus, past participle of decorticare "to strip of bark," from de (see de-) + stem of cortex "bark of a tree" (see corium). Figurative use by 1650s. Related: Decorticated; decorticating; decortication.

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Definitions of decorticate

decorticate (v.)
remove the outer layer of;
decorticate a tree branch
decorticate (v.)
remove the cortex of (an organ);
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