life list


: a record kept of all birds sighted and identified by a birder

Examples of life list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From pint-sized hummingbirds to fearsome birds of prey, a massive array of species can be found all throughout the city no matter the season, providing the perfect opportunity for birders to visit time and time again in hopes of lengthening their life list. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 While each continent has its own fascinating array of wildlife, the following destinations offer a truly memorable experience, giving visitors a chance to explore remote ecosystems, catch a once-in-a-lifetime natural phenomenon, or lengthen your life list with some elusive endemics. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Tomaselli’s birding-life list, which he’s kept since the nineties, has about four hundred species. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 The next phase of crafting a kickass life list is the most fun: get inspired! Jenny Earnest, Outside Online, 2 May 2020 And yet, riding this unforgiving climb is a life list accomplishment for many. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 Similar to an avid birdwatcher, Gitler took the report and began adding different species to his birding life list. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 Print or clip my personal sightings list, more than 70 species of shorebirds, waders, ducks, geese and raptors, and create your own life list. Tom Stienstra,, 15 Apr. 2020 As players launch the sports title they are greeted by a picture of Bryant with the dates of his life listed below his image. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life list was in 1900

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“Life list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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