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sudden oak death Syllabification: sud·den oak death

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of sudden oak death in English:


A disease of various oaks and other forest trees, sometimes resulting in sudden death as a result of bark cankers that encircle the trunk.
  • The infecting organism is the water mold Phytophthora Ramorum
Example sentences
  • The training will focus on identifying sudden oak death, a disease not yet found in Nebraska that kills oaks and other plants, Chaky said.
  • Among the examples cited: sudden oak death, now ravaging California's trees by the thousands, and citrus canker, wreaking havoc on Florida despite $200 million spent to control it.
  • Laboratory tests indicate that eastern red and pin oaks, some blueberry varieties, and perhaps certain rhododendrons, viburnums, and other landscape plants are highly susceptible to sudden oak death.
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