[ek-uh-sahyd, ee-kuh-] /ˈɛk əˌsaɪd, ˈi kə-/

the destruction of large areas of the natural environment by such activity as nuclear warfare, overexploitation of resources, or dumping of harmful chemicals.
/ˈiːkəˌsaɪd; ˈɛkə-/
total destruction of an area of the natural environment, esp by human agency


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