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Examples of extirpate in a Sentence
the triumph of modern medicine in extirpating certain diseases
Recent Examples of extirpate from the Web
Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas and catamounts, were native to Wisconsin but were extirpated through unregulated hunting in the 1800s.
Today, the lark has been extirpated from 90 percent of its native range, living only in South Puget Sound, dredge disposal sites in the lower Columbia River and in the Willamette Valley.
In fact their beliefs were consistent enough with one another and over time to constitute an alternative religious tradition, occluded but never extirpated by the dominant church.
The animals are native to Wisconsin, but were extirpated by the late 1800s due to overhunting and changes to their habitat.
By the 20th century, seals had been extirpated from most of their breeding colonies and were limited to small, relatively inaccessible islands.
Each species had been extirpated or nearly so over the last 150 years but in recent decades returned to robust numbers.
They were nearly extirpated from the wild in U.S. waters, hunted for their pelts or government bounties.
The best solution, which states are grappling with but biologists would like to see, is to reintroduce rattlesnakes into areas where they have been extirpated, like has been done with the Florida panther or bald eagles.
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Dig Out the History of extirpate
If we do a little digging, we discover that extirpate finds its roots in, well, roots (and stumps). Early English uses of the word in the 16th century carried the meaning of "to clear of stumps" or "to pull something up by the root." Extirpate grew out of a combination of the Latin prefix ex- and the Latin noun stirps, meaning "trunk" or "root." The word stirp itself remains rooted in our own language as a term meaning "a line descending from a common ancestor."
Origin and Etymology of extirpate
First Known Use: 1535See Words from the same year
abolish, annihilate, black out, blot out, cancel, clean (up), efface, eradicate, erase, expunge, exterminate, liquidate, obliterate, root (out), rub out, snuff (out), stamp (out), sweep (away), wipe out;
Synonym Discussion of extirpate
- exterminate cockroaches
- many species have been extirpated from the area
- a campaign to eradicate illiteracy
- the war uprooted thousands
EXTIRPATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of extirpate for English Language Learners
: to destroy or remove (something) completely
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