emerald ash borer

noun

: a metallic-green Asian beetle (Agrilus planipennis) accidentally introduced into the U.S. and having a destructive larva that bores into the wood of ash trees

Examples of emerald ash borer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s ash tree population is recovering from an emerald ash borer scare, officials with the garden said Tuesday. Lillie Davidson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 June 2024 The trees have fallen or been cut down, namely due to damage from the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has decimated ash trees throughout North America. Caitlin Looby, Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2024 Still other mitigation efforts include introducing non-native predators of the emerald ash borer, such as stingless wasps. Gaby Vinick, ABC News, 13 May 2024 His final 20-foot piece will feature oversized leaves of trees native to Mount Airy as well as an emerald ash borer, in homage to the tree’s death. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for emerald ash borer 

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Word History

First Known Use

2002, in the meaning defined above

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“Emerald ash borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerald%20ash%20borer. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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