Meaning of silent spring in English:

silent spring


  • A spring in which there is no birdsong as a result of changes in or damage to the natural environment, especially that caused by toxic chemicals, leading to a decline in bird populations; (more generally) the state of having a thoroughly polluted or damaged natural environment.

    Used with allusion to the title of the work by Rachel L. Carson.


1960s; earliest use found in Rachel Carson (1907–1964), writer and scientist.