overhunt

verb over·hunt \ ˌō-vər-ˈhənt \

Definition of overhunt

overhunted; overhunting
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

overhunting

play \ˌō-vər-ˈhən-tiŋ\ 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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