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killing frost

noun
1.
the occurrence of temperatures cold enough to kill all but the hardiest vegetation, especially the last such occurrence in spring and the first in fall, events that limit the agricultural growing season.
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  • After a killing frost touches them, the vines are next to worthless as a feed.

    The Peanut Plant B. W. Jones
  • Above all they must not be suffered to endure the killing frost of ridicule.

    Study of Child Life

    Marion Foster Washburne
  • My ole ankles tells me thar will be a killing frost dis night; the corn will be cotched.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • The first killing frost of autumn may be expected between the 15th and 20th of September.

  • Mr. Perkins had blighted love's young dream for Cyrus with a killing frost.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Then, suddenly, all our spring gladness and Maytime hopes were blighted as by a killing frost.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • How the crock of gold has nipped those early blossoms as a killing frost!

  • The first killing frost was a severe cold snap; mercury dropped to 10 above zero, November 22d.

  • For the same reason, effort is made to dig and shock the vines before a killing frost occurs.

    The Peanut Plant B. W. Jones
  • But, in whatever latitude the planter may reside, the general rule should be, to dig before a killing frost occurs.

    The Peanut Plant B. W. Jones

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