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

Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcultivation was in 1873

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“Overcultivation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcultivation. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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