clear-cutting

noun
clear-cut·​ting | \ ˈklir-ˌkə-tiŋ How to pronounce clear-cutting (audio) \

Definition of clear-cutting

: the removal of all the trees in an area of forest Long considered a "trash tree" by the timber industry, the number of Pacific yews has been drastically reduced—perhaps halved—by clear-cutting, the logging practice that totally strips a targeted area.— Rob Nicholson … the clear-cutting of chestnut trees ahead of the spreading disease.— Sandra L. Anagnostakis

First Known Use of clear-cutting

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clear-cutting was in 1922

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“Clear-cutting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clear-cutting. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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