overharvest

verb, transitive + intransitive over·har·vest \ ˌō-vər-ˈhär-vəst \

Definition of overharvest

overharvested; overharvesting
: to harvest (something) excessively and especially to a harmful degree
  • overharvesting oysters to the point of depletion
  • It would therefore be in the common interest of all consumers to exercise restraint and not overharvest.
  • —Jared Diamond

First Known Use of overharvest

1972


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