overcultivation

noun
over·​cul·​ti·​va·​tion | \ ˌō-vər-ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce overcultivation (audio) \
plural overcultivations

Definition of overcultivation

: the act or an instance of cultivating something excessively especially : the act or practice of cultivating land to an excessive degree in the growing of crops so that soil quality is degraded and productivity is reduced Overcultivation, overgrazing, and massive timber consumption have turned a quarter of China's land into desert.— Douglas McGray

First Known Use of overcultivation

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcultivation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcultivation. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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