die-off

noun \ ˈdī-ˌȯf \

Definition of die-off

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

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1936

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die off

verb \ ˈdī-ˈȯf \

Definition of die off

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

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1697

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