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[oh-ver-greyz, oh-ver-greyz] /ˌoʊ vərˈgreɪz, ˈoʊ vərˌgreɪz/
verb (used with object), overgrazed, overgrazing.
to graze (land) to excess.
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  • Tannins and tough stems in this plant make it unpalatable to grazers, which in turn overgraze the surrounding native plants.
  • Do not overgraze any one area-spread out your stock use when grazing in meadows.
  • Where they have no predators, nutria can overgraze wetlands, exposing their fragile organic soils.
  • Cattle will generally avoid leafy spurge and subsequently overgraze more desirable neighboring plants.
  • Cattle may selectively overgraze surrounding vegetation, thereby favoring the thistle.
  • When horses are allowed to overgraze, bare spots develop and the pasture quality suffers.
  • Unable to disperse to new areas, burgeoning prairie dog towns may overgraze the available vegetation.
  • Large flocks can overgraze lawns, littering yards and docks with droppings and molted feathers.
  • As a consequence the cattle would congregate mainly on the national forest portion near the water and overgraze it.
  • Livestock tend to overgraze favored areas and plants while neglecting others.
British Dictionary definitions for overgraze


(transitive) to graze (land) beyond its capacity to sustain stock
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