re·​wild·​ing | \ (ˈ)rē-¦wī(-ə)l-diŋ How to pronounce rewilding (audio) \

Definition of rewilding

: the planned reintroduction of a plant or animal species and especially a keystone species or apex predator (such as the gray wolf or lynx) into a habitat from which it has disappeared (as from hunting or habitat destruction) in an effort to increase biodiversity and restore the health of an ecosystem Wolves were the key to one of the best known examples of rewilding. In 1995, nearly 70 years after hunters had wiped them out, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the US. In the absence of large predators, deer populations had burgeoned out of control …— Sara Reardon, New Scientist, 1 Mar. 2014 also : the introduction of usually large animals or ecologically similar animals to a region in which they became extinct during the late Pleistocene epoch The plan, called Pleistocene rewilding, suggests reintroducing into Arizona, the Great Plains, and elsewhere various species—such as Bactrian camels, peregrine falcons, and Old World cheetahs—that were once native to North America. — Eric Jaffe, Science News, 11 Nov. 2006

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About rewilding

Dictionary Entries Near rewilding




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for rewilding

Cite this Entry

“Rewilding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!