dieback

noun
die·​back | \ˈdī-ˌbak \

Definition of dieback 

: a condition in woody plants in which peripheral parts are killed (as by parasites)

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Adults and nymphs suck plant juices, causing leaf and fruit distortion, wilting, stunting, and tip dieback. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 Ash dieback fungus, for example, has spread from Poland throughout much of Europe and now threatens not just the ash tree but 955 other species. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus," 11 Sep. 2018 Adults and nymphs suck plant juices, causing leaf and fruit distortion, wilting, stunting, and tip dieback. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 Cold Injury Freezing injury can cause death or dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The result is a generalized yellowing, lackluster growth and sometimes, even some shoot dieback. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 On sycamores, the disease often infects branches, causing girdling cankers and dieback. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Fungal diseases may be cause of brown spots on tree leaves," 26 June 2018 Adults and nymphs suck plant juices, causing leaf and fruit distortion, wilting, stunting, and tip dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 Dispose of infected plants and when possible, use a 3-year rotation. Phytophthora Blight (Late Blight) Lilacs, rhododendrons, azaleas, and holly infected by Phytophthora fungi suffer dieback of shoots and develop stem cankers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015

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First Known Use of dieback

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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