de·​for·​es·​ta·​tion | \(ˌ)dē-ˌfȯr-ə-ˈstā-shən, -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, -​ˈfär-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deforestation in a Sentence

the deforestation of the island

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The Teçume craftswomen live in an area of the Amazon along the Tupana and Igapó-Açu rivers that is still relatively untouched by deforestation. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Yael Sonia Is Bringing the Artisanal Traditions of the Amazon to the World of Fine Jewelry," 11 Sep. 2018 Currently, Southeast Asia is the oil palm hotspot, and the deforestation and ensuing damage in the region have been well publicized. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "African palm oil expansion is bad news for the continent’s primates," 17 Aug. 2018 The primary threat to lemurs here is deforestation and environmental destruction, not poaching. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 Although these snakes have just been discovered, Arteaga says four out of the five species are already at risk of extinction from deforestation and human encroachment. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 2018 Pointing at huge swathes of coffee trees covering the hills, painting once barren land vibrant shades of green, Dubria spoke about planting more to combat deforestation and soil erosion. Kieran Guilbert, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coffee brews peace, business between communities in the Philippines," 4 Apr. 2018 Biologists have long contemplated how to address how humans hurt plants, and such factors as deforestation and climate change threaten the greenery that sustains human life. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "If you haven’t talked to a plant in a while, here’s your opportunity," 1 Apr. 2018 Ford traveled to Indonesia to better understand the challenges of deforestation, taking viewers along with him in Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously documentary television series. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Jones honored by Indianapolis Zoo: Harrison Ford wins award for wildlife conservation," 10 July 2018 Soy milk gave her doubts because of deforestation (huge tracts in South America have been cleared to grow soy). Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Soy, Almond, Pea or Oat? The Reinvention of Milk," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of deforestation

1874, in the meaning defined above

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

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