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overgraze

[oh-ver-greyz, oh-ver-greyz] /ˌoʊ vərˈgreɪz, ˈoʊ vərˌgreɪz/
verb (used with object), overgrazed, overgrazing.
1.
to graze (land) to excess.
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Examples from the web for overgrazing
  • It was here that he witnessed the overgrazing of land.
  • If repeated, overgrazing occurs and plants become stressed and lose vigor.
  • The effects of overgrazing and non-native plant invasion should be mitigated to improve conditions for breeding birds.
  • The plant is eaten by livestock, so it is best to look for it in pastures without a long history of overgrazing.
  • The topsoil was already damaged by the overgrazing of cattle and sheep.
  • High drought tolerance making it a hearty species for overgrazing and extreme droughts on ranges.
  • Remaining natural communities are affected by fragmentation, direct loss to pasture, and overgrazing.
  • Its forage value is highly palatable to all livestock and must be managed accordingly to avoid overgrazing.
  • Luckily, ants and termites are forgiving animal groups with respect to current and historical overgrazing in many rangelands.
  • Allow no grazing the year after planting and prevent overgrazing after permanent cover is established.
British Dictionary definitions for overgrazing

overgraze

/ˌəʊvəˈɡreɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to graze (land) beyond its capacity to sustain stock
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