Girdling

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1. Removing the bark from a woody stem to kill the plant. Encircling a stem with a material so that the cambium layer is destroyed, killing the plant.

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Girdling of a tree in Lille, Northern France.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girdling