wildlife

[wahyld-lahyf]

noun

undomesticated animals living in the wild, including those hunted for food, sport, or profit.

adjective

of, for, or abounding in wildlife: a wildlife preserve.

Origin of wildlife

First recorded in 1930–35; wild + life
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wildlife

noun

wild animals and plants collectively
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Word Origin and History for wildlife
n.

"fauna of a region," 1879, from wild (adj.) + life.

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