ecocide

[ek-uh-sahyd, ee-kuh-]

noun

the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, overexploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.

Nearby words

  1. eco-,
  2. eco-warrior,
  3. ecocatastrophe,
  4. ecocentric,
  5. ecocentrism,
  6. ecofallow,
  7. ecofin,
  8. ecofreak,
  9. ecofriendly,
  10. ecogeography

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 ecocidal

ecocide

noun

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