overmine

verb, transitive + intransitive over·mine \ ˌō-vər-ˈmīn \

Definition of overmine

overmined; overmining
: to mine (an area or resource) excessively and often to depletion
  • overmining a mineral
  • an overmined region
  • overmined quarries
  • Still not satisfied, in the mid-1970s Consolidated Diamond Mines began to overmine in order to extract as much as possible as a hedge against the uncertainties of independence.
  • —Denis Herbstein and John A. Evenson

First Known Use of overmine

1897

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