emerald ash borer

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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

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This is due to one insidious little insect known as the emerald ash borer (EAB). Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Woodpeckers To Your Yard (And Why You'd Want To)," 13 June 2017 Treatments started three years before emerald ash borer was discovered in the city. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emerald ash borer continues to decimate trees 10 years after it was discovered in Wisconsin," 25 June 2018 The despised ash trees had to be cut down as the emerald ash borer laid waste to the cultivar across the Midwest. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 Southfield Black Ash Basketry Kelly and Jeff Church will demonstrate how a basket is made, from pounding the log to weaving, and will also discuss the devastation of the emerald ash borer and its impact on the black ash trees. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of June 24 and beyond," 26 June 2018 The emerald ash borer has created issues for area municipalities shortly after it was first discovered in Illinois in 2006. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich to replace 200 more trees this summer because of emerald ash borer," 22 June 2018 Then the emerald ash borer, a shiny green invasive insect, came to town. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pa. baseball bat country in trouble, 'fair workweek' finds Council allies | Morning Newsletter," 14 June 2018 The killer is a shiny green insect from Asia called the emerald ash borer. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Ashes of an industry: A Pennsylvania tradition is dying, one baseball bat at a time," 14 June 2018 That will be even more important as tree pests, such as the emerald ash borer, move ever closer to Boston. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "City fails in promise to plant 100,000 trees," 9 June 2018

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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