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die off

Meaning: If a group of people, animals, or plants dies off, all of them die over a period of time and none are left.

For example:

  • die off The plants in our garden slowly died off due to lack of water.

  • die off Many Tasmanian aborigines were killed by European invaders, and the rest died off over the years because of European diseases.

Quick Quiz:

If an animal or plant species has died off, there are
  1. fewer than before
  2. very few left
  3. none left

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