deforestation

[ dee-fawr-uh-stey-shuhn, for- ]
/ ˌdi fɔr əˈsteɪ ʃən, fɒr- /

noun

the clearing or severe thinning of a forest or other wooded area, leaving few or no trees: Most of the world’s deforestation is happening in Brazil.

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Origin of deforestation

First recorded in 1870–75; deforest + -ation
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Scientific definitions for deforestation

deforestation
[ dē-fôr′ĭ-stāshən ]

The cutting down and removal of all or most of the trees in a forested area. Deforestation can erode soils, contribute to desertification and the pollution of waterways, and decrease biodiversity through the destruction of habitat.
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Cultural definitions for deforestation

deforestation
[ (dee-fawr-uh-stay-shuhn) ]

The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else. The term is used today to refer to the destruction of forests by human beings and their replacement by agricultural systems.

notes for deforestation

Deforestation is considered to be a main contributor to the greenhouse effect.
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