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winterkill

[ win-ter-kil ]
/ ˈwɪn tərˌkɪl /
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verb (used with or without object)
to kill by or die from exposure to the cold of winter, as wheat.
noun
an act or instance of winterkilling.
death resulting from winterkilling.
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Origin of winterkill

First recorded in 1810–20; winter + kill1
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How to use winterkill in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for winterkill

winterkill
/ (ˈwɪntəˌkɪl) /

verb
mainly US and Canadian to kill (crops or other plants) by exposure to frost, cold, etc, or (of plants) to die by this means

Derived forms of winterkill

winterkilling, adjective, noun
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