overbrowse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ browse

Verb[edit]

overbrowse (third-person singular simple present overbrowses, present participle overbrowsing, simple past and past participle overbrowsed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To browse (eat vegetation) too much, to the detriment of the environment.
    • 1995, David B Rockwell, Glacier National Park: a natural history guide
      As their numbers peak, the hares begin to overbrowse aspen and other plants.
    • 1999, Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield, Holistic management: a new framework for decision making
      The few elephants that remained continued to overbrowse the trees, now ripping the bark off them as well and speeding their demise.

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