[verb oh-ver-krop; noun oh-ver-krop]
verb (used without object), o·ver·cropped, o·ver·crop·ping.
  1. to produce a crop in excess of what is permitted, agreed on, or normally required, especially in an attempt to gain added profits by circumventing government regulations.
  1. a mark of identification on cattle, which is made by cutting a piece from the upper margin of the ear.

Origin of overcrop

First recorded in 1560–70; over- + crop
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verb -crops, -cropping or -cropped
  1. (tr) to exhaust (land) by excessive cultivation
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