overcultivation

noun over·cul·ti·va·tion \ ˌō-vər-ˌkəl-tə-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of overcultivation

plural overcultivations
: 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

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