over·​ma·​ture ˌō-vər-mə-ˈchu̇r How to pronounce overmature (audio)
 also  -ˈtu̇r,
: past the age or condition of maturity: such as
: 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
: past the middle portion of a cycle of erosion
overmature rocks
ˌō-vər-mə-ˈchu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce overmature (audio)
 also  -ˈtu̇r-
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

Examples of overmature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pears picked when slightly immature will ripen with better quality than pears that are overmature when picked. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overmature was in 1895

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“Overmature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmature. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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