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twig girdler

  1. See under girdler(def 2).
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Origin of twig girdler

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95


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


  1. a person or thing that girdles
  2. a maker of girdles
  3. 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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