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overgrowth

[oh-ver-grohth] /ˈoʊ vərˌgroʊθ/
noun
1.
a growth overspreading or covering something.
2.
excessive growth:
to prune a young tree so as to prevent overgrowth.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; over- + growth
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  • We have the benefit of cover, lush overgrowth and ancient ruins.
  • Cities can develop in ways that prevent overgrowth and crowding.
  • Farmers were clearing their land of brush and overgrowth, so there were a lot of fires in the area.
  • Many of our problems are linked to overgrowth of human population.
  • Others have become mere mounds of rock covered by centuries of dirt, still hidden away in the overgrowth.
  • More than a dozen squat brick buildings are largely shrouded in overgrowth.
  • It raises the possibility of treatments for acne, scalp conditions and hair overgrowth.
  • So an overgrowth of these pathogens would cause normal body channels to become a kind of electrical channel.
  • Polyps usually develop from sinus infections that cause overgrowth of the mucus membrane in the nose.
  • As a result, the bone beneath the cartilage changes and develops bony overgrowth.
Word Origin and History for overgrowth
n.

c.1600, from over- + growth. Cf. also overgrown.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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