A plant or animal species existing in such small numbers that it is in danger of becoming extinct, especially such a species placed in jeopardy as a result of human activity. One of the principal factors in the endangerment or extinction of a species is the destruction or pollution of its native habitat. Other factors include overhunting, intentional extermination, and the accidental or intentional introduction of alien species that outcompete the native species for environmental resources.
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How to use endangered species in a sentence
In a new Republican administration, the EPA might well become an endangered species.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab | Clive Irving | July 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which brings us to our second question: Why is the Romantic Comedy becoming such an endangered species?
Now the endangered species Act (which passed the House 355-4 in 1973) enshrines a national commitment to biodiversity.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical | Jedediah Purdy | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Controversy over endangered species increases, and the federal government becomes a target of ire.
He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.Breaking: Prince William Quits The Army, Moves To Kensington Palace | Tom Sykes | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The endangered species Act of 1973 added federal protection in 1974.An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf | Thomas F. Weise
The wolf: the ecology and behavior of an endangered species.An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf | Thomas F. Weise
Other Idioms and Phrases with endangered species
A group threatened with extinction or destruction. For example, Workers willing to put in overtime without extra pay are an endangered species, or With the new budget cuts, public television has become an endangered species. This expression, originally referring to species of plants or animals in danger of dying out, began in the 1980s to be extended to anything or anyone becoming rare.
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