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extinct in the wild

[ ik-stingktinthuh-wahyld ]
/ ɪkˈstɪŋkt ɪn ðəˈwaɪld /
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adjective Biology, Ecology.

(of a plant or animal species) having members growing or living only as a naturalized population or in captivity, but having no known members growing or living independently in a natural habitat, as categorized by the IUCN Red List: After observing a herd of Père David deer on a reserve in China, we learned that the species is extinct in the wild.Abbreviation: EW

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