[ win-ter-kil ]
/ ˈwɪn tərˌkɪl /

verb (used with or without object)

to kill by or die from exposure to the cold of winter, as wheat.


an act or instance of winterkilling.
death resulting from winterkilling.

Origin of winterkill

First recorded in 1810–20; winter + kill1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for winterkill


/ (ˈwɪntəˌkɪl) /


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

winterkilling, adjective, noun
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