overmine

verb
over·​mine | \ ˌō-vər-ˈmīn How to pronounce overmine (audio) \
overmined; overmining

Definition of overmine

transitive + intransitive

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Overmine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmine. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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