Definition of moribund adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒrɪbʌnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrɪbʌnd//
    , NAmE//ˈmɑːrɪbʌnd//
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  1. 1(of an industry, an institution, a custom, etc.) no longer effective and about to come to an end completely a moribund company/economy
  2. 2in a very bad condition; dying a moribund patient/tree
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Latin moribundus, from mori ‘to die’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: moribund