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Deverbal from die back.



dieback (plural diebacks)

  1. (phytopathology) The browning and death of a plant shoot starting at the tip, due to either disease or climate conditions.
    • 2021 December 12, “The Guardian view on ash dieback: a tiny chink of hope”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The National Trust reports that 30,000 ash trees on its land will have been felled this year owing to ash dieback. “Dieback” sounds like a gentle, seasonal withdrawal. In fact, ash dieback is a devastating disease caused by a fungus, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, likely to have been carried into the UK on imported ash saplings in the early part of this century.
  2. (botany) The withering of a plant, especially the cyclical withering in autumn and winter; distal parts die off but core parts stay alive (and semidormant or dormant).

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