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rewild

[ree-wahyld] /riˈwaɪld/
verb (used with object)
1.
to introduce (animals or plants) to their original habitat or to a habitat similar to their natural one:
proposals to rewild elephants to the American plains.
2.
to return (land) to a more natural state:
rewilding an unpopulated island for use as an animal preserve.
verb (used without object)
3.
to introduce living organisms to a habitat.
4.
to return land to a less developed state.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85; re- + wild
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rewilding

/riːˈwaɪldɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of returning areas of land to a wild state, including the reintroduction of animal species that are no longer naturally found there
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