Main meanings of winterkill in English

: winterkill1winterkill2

winterkill1

noun

North American
  • The death of plants or animals as a result of exposure to frost, snow, or extreme cold.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Daily Herald & Gazette (Cleveland, Ohio).

Main meanings of winterkill in English

: winterkill1winterkill2

winterkill2

verb

North American
  • 1with object To kill (a plant or animal) by exposure to frost, snow, or extreme cold (chiefly in pass.).

  • 2no object (Of a plant or animal) to die as a result of exposure to frost, snow, or extreme cold.

Origin

Late 18th century.