die-off

noun
\ ˈdī-ˌȯf How to pronounce die-off (audio) \

Definition of die-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden sharp decline of a population of animals or plants that is not caused directly by human activity

die off

verb
\ ˈdī-ˈȯf How to pronounce die off (audio) \
died off; dying off; dies off

Definition of die off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to die sequentially either singly or in numbers so that the total number is greatly diminished

First Known Use of die-off

Noun

1936, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1697, in the meaning defined above

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“Die-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/die%20off. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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