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dieback

[dahy-bak] /ˈdaɪˌbæk/
noun, Plant Pathology
1.
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 of dieback
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; die1 + back2
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British Dictionary definitions for dieback

dieback

/ˈdaɪˌbæk/
noun
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
verb
3.
(intransitive, adverb) (of plants) to suffer from dieback
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