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ecocide

[ek-uh-sahyd, ee-kuh-] /ˈɛk əˌsaɪd, ˈi kə-/
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.
Origin of ecocide
1965-1970
An Americanism dating back to 1965-70; eco- + -cide
Related forms
ecocidal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecocide

ecocide

/ˈiːkəˌsaɪd; ˈɛkə-/
noun
1.
total destruction of an area of the natural environment, esp by human agency
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