wildlife

[ wahyld-lahyf ]
/ ˈwaɪldˌlaɪf /

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.

Nearby words

  1. wildfowl,
  2. wilding,
  3. wildish,
  4. wildland,
  5. wildlands,
  6. wildling,
  7. wildly,
  8. wildwood,
  9. wile,
  10. wiles

Origin of wildlife

First recorded in 1930–35; wild + life

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British Dictionary definitions for wildlife

wildlife

/ (ˈwaɪldˌlaɪf) /

noun

wild animals and plants collectively
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Word Origin and History for wildlife

wildlife

n.

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

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