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twig girdler

noun
1.
See under girdler (def 2).
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism

girdler

[gurd-ler] /ˈgɜrd lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that girdles.
2.
any of several insects, as a beetle, Oncideres cingulata (twig girdler) that cut a groove around the bark of a twig, stem, etc.
3.
a person who makes girdles.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English; see girdle, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for twig girdler

girdler

/ˈɡɜːdlə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that girdles
2.
a maker of girdles
3.
any insect, such as the twig girdler, that bores circular grooves around the stems or twigs in which it lays its eggs
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