Definition of Waldsterben in English:

Waldsterben

Line breaks: Wald|ster¦ben
Pronunciation: /ˈvaltˌʃtɛːb(ə)n
 
, ˈvaltˌʃtɛrbn/

noun

[mass noun]
Disease and death in forest trees in central Europe as a result of atmospheric pollution: the politicians of Europe were galvanized by Waldsterben unlike any environmental issue
More example sentences
  • Acid rain from fossil-fuel pollution damaged the forest that remained so much that the term Waldsterben (forest death) was coined a few decades ago.
  • In the case of Waldsterben in central Europe, three types of symptoms typify the recent changes that have taken place in many species of trees under a wide variety of ecological conditions.
  • Back in the 80s I did several feature stories for American Forests Magazine on Waldsterben.

Origin

1980s: from German, from Wald 'forest' + Sterben 'death'.

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