twig girdler


noun

See under girdler(def 2).

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Origin of twig girdler

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Definition for twig girdler (2 of 2)

girdler
[ gurd-ler ]
/ ˈgɜrd lər /

noun

a person or thing that girdles.
any of several insects, as a beetle, Oncideres cingulata (twig girdler), that cut a groove around the bark of a twig, stem, etc.
a person who makes girdles.

Origin of girdler

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at girdle, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for twig girdler

girdler
/ (ˈɡɜːdlə) /

noun

a person or thing that girdles
a maker of girdles
any insect, such as the twig girdler, that bores circular grooves around the stems or twigs in which it lays its eggs
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