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  1. a growth overspreading or covering something.
  2. excessive growth: to prune a young tree so as to prevent overgrowth.
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Origin of overgrowth

First recorded in 1595–1605; over- + growth
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Examples from the Web for overgrowth

Historical Examples of overgrowth

  • 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

  • Overgrowth of a part due to a multiplication of its elements.

  • Induration and overgrowth of the connective tissue of an organ.

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

    Glimpses of Bengal

    Sir Rabindranath Tagore

  • Excessive novel-reading creates an overgrowth of the passions.

Word Origin and History for overgrowth


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

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