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[win-ter-kil] /ˈwɪn tərˌkɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to kill by or die from exposure to the cold of winter, as wheat.
an act or instance of winterkilling.
death resulting from winterkilling.
Origin of winterkill
1810-20; winter + kill1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for winterkill
  • Also, some of the twiggier types show winterkill in the spring and the shrub appears to be half-dead.
  • winterkill occurs during especially long, harsh winters.
  • Many northern reporters stated that it was still too early to tell the extent of winterkill in their areas.
  • Prolonged periods of warm weather and the possibilities of winterkill may limit any trout population tion.
  • However, the pond is so shallow that it is susceptible to winterkill, which may periodically impact the quality of its fisheries.
  • All ponds are subject to winterkill, but not every pond experiences winterkill every season.
  • Apparently, winterkill conditions have not occurred here despite the shallow depth.
  • Fall seedlings and rosettes are resistant to winterkill, and flowering plants are resistant to summer drought.
  • winterkill is a significant factor affecting deer population fluctuations in northern boreal forests.
  • Fall planted small grains remain in mostly good condition with minimal winterkill and plenty of moisture.
British Dictionary definitions for winterkill


(mainly US & Canadian) to kill (crops or other plants) by exposure to frost, cold, etc, or (of plants) to die by this means
Derived Forms
winterkilling, adjective, noun
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