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wildlife

[wahyld-lahyf] /ˈwaɪldˌlaɪf/
noun
1.
undomesticated animals living in the wild, including those hunted for food, sport, or profit.
adjective
2.
of, for, or abounding in wildlife:
a wildlife preserve.
Origin of wildlife
1930-1935
1930-35; wild + life
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  • The fight would spread and the victors would be eaten by the wildlife that swarmed over the undefended perimeter.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Appropriations for fish and wildlife operations have more than doubled.

  • The same sources of food and shelter that draw waterfowl to ponds and marshes also attract other forms of wildlife.

    Ducks at a Distance Robert W. Hines
  • If its all the same to you, Gilly, wed rather enjoy the wildlife of the Rockies instead of ranching, ventured Julie.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • A survey of wildlife with recommendations for adequate protection.

    Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park United States Dept. of the Interior
British Dictionary definitions for wildlife

wildlife

/ˈwaɪldˌlaɪf/
noun
1.
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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