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ecocide

[ek-uh-sahyd, ee-kuh-]
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noun
  1. the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, overexploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.
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Origin of ecocide

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; eco- + -cide
Related formsec·o·ci·dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecocide

ecocide

noun
  1. total destruction of an area of the natural environment, esp by human agency
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