domesticated

adjective do·mes·ti·cat·ed \ də-ˈme-sti-ˌkā-təd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of domesticated

1 : adapted over time (as by selective breeding) from a wild or natural state to life in close association with and to the benefit of humans
  • The Incas used one of the first domesticated animals, the llama, to carry goods.
  • —Carolyn Gard
  • Because both wildlife and domesticated pets can be unpredictable, instruct your child to first inform you or another adult if she finds a sick or injured animal.
  • —Arliss Ryan
  • Scientists expressed concern that the foreign genes could act to reduce genetic diversity in the country's native corn varieties and in the wild progenitor of domesticated corn, known as teosinte.
  • —Carol Kaesuk Yoon
  • While the seeds of wild wheat readily fall off the plant and scatter, a change in two genes meant that in domesticated wheat, the seeds remained attached to the stalk; it is this trait that enabled humans to harvest wheat.
  • —Assaf Distelfeld
2 : made fit for domestic life : adapted to life in a household
  • After 30 years of marriage, I have documented here many times that I am a thoroughly domesticated creature.
  • —Dave Simpson
3 : brought to the level of ordinary people (as by being expressed in understandable terms)
  • Darwin wrote like a Victorian, a rich, romantic, yet domesticated prose, refusing technical obscurity for directness, clarity and precision in his representation of the natural world.
  • —George Levine

First Known Use of domesticated

1639

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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