Etymology
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strangler (n.)

1550s, agent noun from strangle (v.).

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Definitions of strangler

strangler (n.)
an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree;
Synonyms: strangler tree
strangler (n.)
someone who kills by strangling;
Synonyms: garroter / garrotter / throttler / choker
From wordnet.princeton.edu