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endling

[ end ling ]

noun

  1. an individual living thing that is the last survivor of its species or subspecies and whose death consequently means the extinction of that species or subspecies:

    The endling of the once plentiful passenger pigeons was Martha, who died in a zoo in 1914.

  2. a person who is the last living member of a family line and whose death consequently means the end of that lineage:

    Sadly, Kenneth, childless and himself an only child, is soon to leave this world, alone and an endling.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of endling1

First recorded in 1996 in the correspondence in the British journal Nature; end 1( def ) + -ling 1( def )

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