overbrowse

verb over·browse \ ˌō-vər-ˈbrau̇z \

Definition of overbrowse

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

First Known Use of overbrowse

1850

in the meaning defined above

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