Definition of dieback in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪbak


[mass noun]
A condition in which a tree or shrub begins to die from the tip of its leaves or roots backwards, owing to disease or an unfavourable environment: any sign of browning or other discoloration could be the onset of dieback aluminium causes the stress condition of crown dieback a survey of hedgerow trees found a correlation between ash dieback, acidity, and sulphur
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  • The tree seems to be experiencing dieback similar to fire blight.
  • If a shrub develops dieback, prune out infected parts.
  • The caterpillars of the gypsy moth are destructive defoliators that feed primarily on oak trees causing growth loss, crown dieback, and tree mortality.

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