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

Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clear-cutting was in 1922

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“Clear-cutting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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