die-back

dieback

[dahy-bak]
noun Plant Pathology.
a condition in a plant in which the branches or shoots die from the tip inward, caused by any of several bacteria, fungi, or viruses or by certain environmental conditions.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; die1 + back2

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dieback (ˈdaɪˌbæk)
 
n
1.  a disease of trees and shrubs characterized by death of the young shoots, which spreads to the larger branches: caused by injury to the roots or attack by bacteria or fungi
2.  any similar condition of herbaceous plants
 
vb
3.  (intr, adverb) (of plants) to suffer from dieback

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