recolonization

noun re·col·o·ni·za·tion \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkä-də-ˌfī \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of recolonization

plural recolonizations
: the colonization of a previously colonized region or habitat: such as
a : the act of re-establishing colonies in or on an area
  • Mr. Sumter has very fully disclosed the real views of the British government and their longings for the recolonization of the Spanish and Portuguese possessions in America.
  • —John Quincy Adams
b : the repopulation of a habitat by a previously colonizing species
  • The recolonization of the Soda Mountains by bighorn sheep shows how important these natural connections are and how resilient nature can be when given a chance.
  • —Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson
  • The persistent antimicrobial effectiveness is a quantitative measurement of a product's ability to prevent microbial recolonization of the skin surfaces …
  • —Daryl S. Paulson

First Known Use of recolonization

1774

in the meaning defined above

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