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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to kill by or die from exposure to the cold of winter, as wheat.
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  1. an act or instance of winterkilling.
  2. death resulting from winterkilling.
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Origin of winterkill

First recorded in 1810–20; winter + kill1
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Examples from the Web for winterkill

Historical Examples of winterkill

  • It has never been known to winterkill in the grape regions of New York and is probably as hardy as any other of our Labruscas.

    The Grapes of New York

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Peaches are liable to winterkill, and the crop is uncertain for this reason.

British Dictionary definitions for winterkill


  1. mainly US and Canadian to kill (crops or other plants) by exposure to frost, cold, etc, or (of plants) to die by this means
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Derived Formswinterkilling, adjective, noun
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