Definition: Wildlife

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wild from Middle English wild, wilde, from Old English wilde, from Proto-West Germanic *wilþī, from Proto-Germanic *wilþijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“hair, wool, grass, ear (of corn), forest”) + life from Middle English lyf, from Old English līf, from Proto-West Germanic *līb, from Proto-Germanic *lībą (“life, body”), from *lībaną (“to remain, stay, be left”), from Proto-Indo-European *leyp- (“to stick, glue”).


wildlife (uncountable)

  1. Animals, plants, and fungi, not normally domesticated, often to the exclusion of plants, fungi, fish, insects, and other invertebrates, and microscopic plants and animals.
    This town offers wildlife tours where you can go and watch the bears, deer, wild rabbits and other creatures in their natural habitats.
    1. (in particular) Wild animals (especially to the exclusion of fish).


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