over·​browse ˌō-vər-ˈbrau̇z How to pronounce overbrowse (audio)
overbrowsed; overbrowsing

transitive + intransitive

: to cause damage by excessive browsing
The Game Commission's concern is that deer not be allowed to overbrowse these areas.P. J. Reilly
Scientists believe the island's first moose … were so prolific that the island's balsam firs, aspens and other trees were severely overbrowsed.John Flesher
If the habitat cannot support the deer population, deer will overbrowse and do significant crop and habitat damage.Darren Warner

Examples of overbrowse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moose also contribute to their own demise by overbrowsing the young trees, which prevents them from maturing and dropping pine cones that would create more firs. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2023 Over the years, researchers have learned that wolves play a key role in restoring ecosystems, by reining in prey, such as deer, that can overbrowse trees and shrubs. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 9 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbrowse was in 1850

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“Overbrowse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbrowse. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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