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.

1810–20; winter + kill1 Unabridged
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winterkill (ˈwɪntəˌkɪl)
chiefly (US), (Canadian) to kill (crops or other plants) by exposure to frost, cold, etc, or (of plants) to die by this means
adj, —n

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Example sentences
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.
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