over·​ma·​ture | \ ˌō-vər-mə-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce overmature (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r also -ˈchu̇r \

Definition of overmature

: past the age or condition of maturity: such as
a : beyond the stage of desirable or optimal development or productivity overmature wax beans The older the better as far as nuthatches view it. Their favorite trees are "overmature" ones: aging and touched with decay, filled with nest holes and insects …— Rick Marsi
b : past the middle portion of a cycle of erosion overmature rocks

Other Words from overmature

overmaturity \ ˌō-​vər-​mə-​ˈtu̇r-​ə-​tē How to pronounce overmaturity (audio) , -​ˈtyu̇r-​ also  -​ˈchu̇r-​ \ noun
The squash is very tender and should be handled with care to prevent skin cuts and bruising. Avoid purchasing any with … a dull, shriveled skin, which is a sign of overmaturity. — Tammy Algood

First Known Use of overmature

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Overmature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmature. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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