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die off

To become extinct gradually, as of a group of people or animals. That species of birds will die off if we keep destroying their habitat.
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die off

[for a living thing] to perish one by one until there are no more. Most of the larger lizards died off eons ago. It would be really bad if all the owls died off. The cucumber blossoms all died off.
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die off

Perish one by one, as in A celibate community, the Shakers are dying off. [Late 1600s]
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die off

v.
To become extinct gradually: The dodo died off in the 1600s. Wolves were dying off in the formerly rural area as new subdivisions were built.
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References in classic literature ?
My folks was living in Pike County, in Missouri, where I was born, and they all died off but me and pa and my brother Ike.
Just so it was in Packingtown; the whole district braced itself for the struggle that was an agony, and those whose time was come died off in hordes.
The giant poppies I had planted out in them in April have either died off or remained quite small, and so have the columbines; here and there a delphinium droops unwillingly, and that is all.
The airy young Barnacle replied that they grew tired, got dead beat, got lamed, got their backs broken, died off, gave it up, went in for other games.
KARACHI -- Veteran athlete, former national broad jump champion and noted organiser Munawwar Randhawa died off heart failure on Tuesday.
coli 0157:1-17 died off significantly more slowly than either of the indictor bacteria.
Some of the seedlings that only got a small amount of fertiliser in their leaves did survive, but most died off.
However, large species may have died off gradually when people preyed on the mammals' offspring faster than the animals reproduced, says Roberts.
It died off before it tracked over where yesterday's (storm) went,'' National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier said.
While the original Fomorians have long since died off of a plague, their children have survived.
The number of people who died off the British coast rose by more than 20 per cent last year, according to figures released yesterday.
While trading companies are commonplace in Europe, Asia and Latin America, they all but died off in the United States several years ago.
As the rodents aged and their hair began turning gray, the melanocyte stem cells gradually died off inside each follicle, Fisher's team reports.
There were no Tasmanian wolves on display, though for those interested in conservation over Kit Kats, signs described how the wolf-headed, tiger-striped, kangaroo-tailed, opossum-pouched creatures died off in 1936.
Many species of large land mammals died off about 12,000 years ago.