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girdle
brilliant-cut gemstone

gir·dle

 (gûr′dl)
n.
1.
a. A belt or sash worn around the waist.
b. Something that encircles like a belt.
c. An elasticized, flexible undergarment worn over the waist and hips to give the body a more slender appearance.
2. A band made around the trunk of a tree by the removal of a strip of bark.
3. The edge of a cut gem held by the setting.
4. Anatomy The pelvic or pectoral girdle.
tr.v. gir·dled, gir·dling, gir·dles
1. To encircle with a belt.
2. To form a circle around: a ring of hills that girdled the city.
3. To remove a band of bark and cambium from the circumference of (a tree), usually in order to kill it.

[Middle English girdel, from Old English gyrdel; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]
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girdling

1. The removal of bark from right around the trunk or branch of a tree or shrub caused by pests, such as rabbits and deer.
2. See barkringing.
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During one recent week volunteers reported details of nine new dens, damage to the historic stone way markers and the new signs, as well as trees - including deliberate ring barking of a young tree.
One answer is ring barking, the removal in winter of a half inch wide strip of wood encircling the trunk taking care not to cut into the cambium layer.