over·​hunt | \ ˌō-vər-ˈhənt How to pronounce overhunt (audio) \
overhunted; overhunting

Definition of overhunt

transitive verb

1 : to hunt (animals) to an excessive and usually harmful degree overhunted the local deer population
2 : to hunt (an area) excessively to the point that the kinds of animals hunted become scarce overhunting certain regions of the country

Other Words from overhunt

overhunting \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈhən-​tiŋ How to pronounce overhunting (audio) \ noun
Overhunting ranks as a major problem for a third of the mammals and birds threatened with extinction … — Susan Milius

First Known Use of overhunt

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overhunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overhunt. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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