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flare out

flare out
 n.— «After experiencing months of saturated soils in the winter, then bone dry periods in the spring and summer, some Douglas firs planted in less than ideal situations are showing what some foresters call “flare out,” the occasional dead branch, top or the entire tree.» —“Weather, Insects Taking it’s Toll on Oregon Douglas Firs” in Corvallis Salem News (Oregon) Aug. 6, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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