endangered species


: a species threatened with extinction
broadly : anyone or anything whose continued existence is threatened

Examples of endangered species in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The construction in flood plains, in turn, harms natural floodplain functions and destroys the habitat of threatened and endangered species, including 15 salmon species and salmon-dependent orcas, the suit says. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 Monarch butterflies were officially designated as an endangered species one year ago by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2023 African conservationists are hoping that artificial intelligence (AI) powered cameras could help aid in the protection of endangered species, such as the forest and savannah elephants. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 13 May 2023 North Carolina The Tar Heel State resumed its alligator hunting season in 2018 after taking a hiatus in 1973 when the reptile was added to the federal endangered species list. Cortney Moore, Fox News, 7 Sep. 2023 One variety in particular, the salamander mussel, is currently proposed for addition to the federal endangered species list. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Sep. 2023 Her project, Wild Genomes, is trying to use DNA for the management of endangered species. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2023 According to the Yellowstone National Park website, the northern Rocky Mountain wolf (Canis lupus) was classified as an endangered species in 1972 and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem was soon designated as a recovery area. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 Two rare types of catfish that have only been found about 1,000 feet under San Antonio could become protected under the endangered species act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of endangered species was in 1865

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“Endangered species.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endangered%20species. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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