die·​back | \ ˈdī-ˌbak How to pronounce dieback (audio) \

Definition of dieback

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

Examples of dieback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Afghan pines grow well in alkaline soil but are susceptible to a life-shortening fungal dieback. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The best living evergreen Christmas trees you can plant later in your San Antonio garden," 28 Nov. 2019 Drowning and drought both kill roots, and the first symptom is dieback at the extremities (top). Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Beware ivy-like wavyleaf basketgrass and why oak trees are in decline," 19 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, maple dieback seems to be a common problem of late throughout the Bay Area. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardens: How to cope with Japanese maple dieback," 28 Aug. 2019 The Amazon stores about one-fifth this amount, and these fires could lead to a drying and destructive dieback that threatens this entire carbon storage, essentially using up 20% of our carbon budget in one fell swoop. William Thomson, Quartz, "To save our forests, give them back to the people they were stolen from," 5 Sep. 2019 But dieback in one stretch need not necessarily put the entire rainforest at risk. Max Fisher, New York Times, "‘It’s Really Close’: How the Amazon Rainforest Could Self-Destruct," 30 Aug. 2019 There are a couple of common issues that might be to blame for the recent dieback. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardens: How to cope with Japanese maple dieback," 28 Aug. 2019 My tall phlox got a brown dieback starting at the bottom and working up the stalk to the flower. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: The very hungry caterpillars and protecting the phlox," 15 Aug. 2019 That dieback was probably just because of unusually vigorous late-season growth that hadn’t become fully hardened and ready for winter. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Wild violets: Weed or wildflower?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of dieback

circa 1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Dieback.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dieback. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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