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overabundance

[oh-ver-uh-buhn-duh ns]
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noun
  1. an excessive amount or abundance; surfeit: an overabundance of sugar in the diet.
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Origin of overabundance

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at over-, abundance
Related formso·ver·a·bun·dant, adjectiveo·ver·a·bun·dant·ly, adverb

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excess, surplus, plethora, glut, profusion.
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  • A man like Munro is never blessed with an overabundance of friends.

  • The suppers in fact generally held an overabundance of food.

    Frying Pan Farm

    Elizabeth Brown Pryor

  • It is supposed, by some, to be caused by an insect, others suppose it to be caused by an overabundance of sap.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher

  • Simplicity, and pure line, were lost sight of when overabundance dulled the senses of the world.

    Woman as Decoration

    Emily Burbank

  • Many of the bearers of commissions knew little more than the men; and of such untrained officers there was an overabundance.


British Dictionary definitions for overabundance

overabundance

noun
  1. a supply or amount that is greater than requiredan overabundance of milk
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