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Noun: dieback  'dI,bak
  1. A disease of plants characterized by the gradual dying of the young shoots starting at the tips and progressing to the larger branches
Verb: die back
  1. Suffer from a disease that kills shoots
    "The plants near the garage are dying back";
    - die down

Derived forms: dying back, diebacks, dies back, died back

Type of: plant disease, shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither

Encyclopedia: Dieback