emerald ash borer


Definition of emerald ash borer

: 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 emerald ash borer is also threatening green ash trees, one of the more abundant species in the floodplain. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2022 Between 2011 and 2016, the city treated tens of thousands of ash trees and tracked the population as the emerald ash borer spread. Morgan Greene And Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 The emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 Tens of thousands of ash trees, which made up nearly a fifth of street trees, were removed as a result of the tree-killing emerald ash borer beetle, while forestry worked to treat those that could be saved. Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune, 12 June 2022 The emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of trees in the United States and Canada. BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 The large maple in our backyard, our creeper lure, had a beautiful ash companion until the emerald ash borer arrived. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Part of the urban forest plan would increase the diversity of trees in Glenview to combat pests like the emerald ash borer, which has decimated Illinois’ ash trees in recent years. Joshua Irvine, chicagotribune.com, 8 Apr. 2022 The emerald ash borer is a half-inch long metallic green beetle that is originally from Asia. Julia Musto, Fox News, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of emerald ash borer

2002, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2022

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“Emerald ash borer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emerald%20ash%20borer. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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