twig girdler


See under girdler(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. twiddle,
  2. twiddle one's thumbs,
  3. twig,
  4. twig blight,
  5. twig borer,
  6. twiggy,
  7. twilight,
  8. twilight glow,
  9. twilight of the gods,
  10. twilight sleep

Origin of twig girdler

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95


[ gurd-ler ]
/ ˈgɜrd lər /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for twig girdler


/ (ˈɡɜːdlə) /


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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