over cropping


[v. oh-ver-krop; n. oh-ver-krop]
verb (used with object), overcropped, overcropping.
Agriculture. to crop (land) to excess; exhaust the fertility of by continuous cropping.
verb (used without object), overcropped, overcropping.
to produce a crop in excess of what is permitted, agreed on, or normally required, especially in an attempt to gain added profits by circumventing government regulations.
a mark of identification on cattle, which is made by cutting a piece from the upper margin of the ear.

1560–70; over- + crop

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overcrop (ˌəʊvəˈkrɒp)
vb , -crops, -cropping, -cropped
(tr) to exhaust (land) by excessive cultivation

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