die off

(redirected from dying off)

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.
See also: die, off

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.
See also: die, off

die off

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

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.
See also: die, off
References in periodicals archive ?
The last case of saiga dying off in the region was recorded in May 2012 in Zhangeldin district.
07] arise from high infant mortality and not from people dying off early.
Some of the lower leaves are dying off and it has started to sprout new growth out of the top.
However, five years on the plants are far from dying off, and are in fact multiplying, and seem to have colonised this part of Wales, and turned it in to a tropical landscape.
And still another study, published by Texas biologist Camille Parmesan, presents evidence that animal and plant species have already begun dying off or are changing due to global warming.
Over the years we've seen membership decline as some of our people are dying off,'' Burrell said, noting that just 5 percent of the post's 205 members are under age 25.
My people started catching cancer and started dying off.
By the 1960s, alewives had become so plentiful that they began dying off by the billions, polluting beaches with tons of rotting fish.
The bay's old turtle grass beds began dying off in the late 1980s for reasons that scientists are still debating.
The disabled veterans that I am talking about are dying off at about 1,000 per day.
Amphibians like frogs, toads, and salamanders are dying off worldwide--especially in pristine cloud forests, rainforests so high in mountains that trees draw moisture directly from clouds.
Most crops start dying off at 50 mM salt; seawater contains 530 mM.
The oral tradition has roughly--very roughly-- preserved the legends of Boston's rogues, scoundrels, and scapegraces, but the people who know the wonderful stories are dying off these days.
Since the World War II generation is dying off rapidly, their stories must be preserved.
In the laboratory, however, the presence of these support cells is not enough to keep a culture of stem cells from dying off within a few weeks.