de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce deforestation (audio) , -ˌfär- \

Definition of deforestation

: the action or process of clearing of forests also : the state of having been cleared of forests

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deforest \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈfȯr-​əst How to pronounce deforest (audio) , -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island
Recent Examples on the Web The deadly Ebola outbreak has been linked to deforestation in Africa and to virus spillover from consumption of primates or bats that place hunters, consumers, and wildlife at risk. Dominick A. Dellasala, The New Republic, "Public Health Depends on a Healthy Planet," 20 Apr. 2020 The Palo Alto data science firm provides intelligence on everything from oil production to deforestation to various customers, including real estate developers, petroleum manufacturers and environmental nonprofits—not to mention hedge funds. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "You can see the impact of coronavirus from space," 11 Mar. 2020 Trump did not join other world leaders in criticizing Bolsonaro’s handling of huge fires in the Amazon region last year that are linked to deforestation. Anne Gearan,, "Trump says he will host Brazilian president at Mar-a-Lago this weekend," 6 Mar. 2020 The Sumatran rhino, the smallest of five rhinoceros species, once roamed across Asia as far as India, but its numbers have shrunk drastically due to deforestation and poaching. USA TODAY, "The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in Malaysia after lone survivor succumbs to cancer," 25 Nov. 2019 The species once roamed across Asia as far as India, but its numbers have shrunk drastically due to deforestation and poaching. Arkansas Online, "Rhino in Malaysia dies; species gone," 24 Nov. 2019 There, a number of diseases transmitted by a wide range of animals—from blood-sucking bugs to snails—have been linked to deforestation. National Geographic, "Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans," 22 Nov. 2019 Both measures urge city departments to end commercial relationships with businesses that contribute to deforestation in the Amazon. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Los Angeles and New York City officials urge boycott of meat companies linked to Amazon fires," 19 Nov. 2019 Much of the burning is linked to deforestation, and sometimes the fire spreads beyond land being torched for agriculture into the surrounding forest. Kristina J. Anderson-teixeira, Smithsonian, "Yes, Tropical Forests Tragically Burned This Summer, But Here’s What You Can Do," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deforestation was in 1874

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15 May 2020

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“Deforestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deforestation

: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area

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