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[oh-ver-grohth] /ˈoʊ vərˌgroʊθ/
a growth overspreading or covering something.
excessive growth:
to prune a young tree so as to prevent overgrowth.
Origin of overgrowth
First recorded in 1595-1605; over- + growth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The overgrowth of the approaches gave place to a terrace from which to the surprise of all a charming view was discovered.

  • The elephant is comic, the camel and the giraffe are comic, all overgrowth is comic.

    Glimpses of Bengal Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  • Some gained the forest where the crystalline ray crisped the overgrowth into black ashes as it nipped at their singed heels.

    Before Egypt E. K. Jarvis
  • There late Indian Buddhism simply decayed under an overgrowth of Brahmanism.

  • There may be an overgrowth of the fatty fringes of the synovial sheath, a condition described as “arborescent lipoma.”

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Even in humbler communities, the overgrowth and undergrowth are usually apparent if one looks closely.

  • Its windows are darkened by the overgrowth of the creepers outside, and the only object in it is a large box like a portmanteau.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • The modest violet may exhale its fragrance through an overgrowth of noxious weeds—and humanity bears out the simile.

    Bucholz and the Detectives Allan Pinkerton
  • As a rule this line is broken by the overgrowth of the wattle at the base of the beak.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • These latter improvements were well calculated to quicken the stagnant languor habitual to the overgrowth of eastern empire.

Word Origin and History for overgrowth

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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