road kill

or road·kill

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noun

Informal. the body of an animal killed on a road by a motor vehicle.

Origin of road kill

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75
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Word Origin and History for road kill
n.

animal killed by vehicular traffic, 1972; the figurative sense is from 1992.

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