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[verb oh-ver-krop; noun oh-ver-krop]
verb (used with object), o·ver·cropped, o·ver·crop·ping.
  1. Agriculture. to crop (land) to excess; exhaust the fertility of by continuous cropping.
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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.
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  1. a mark of identification on cattle, which is made by cutting a piece from the upper margin of the ear.
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Origin of overcrop

First recorded in 1560–70; over- + crop
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Historical Examples

  • The agriculture of the country is rapidly deteriorating, the soil having become exhausted by overcropping and other causes.

    The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885

    Charles Royle

British Dictionary definitions for overcropping


verb -crops, -cropping or -cropped
  1. (tr) to exhaust (land) by excessive cultivation
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