road·​kill | \ ˈrōd-ˌkil How to pronounce roadkill (audio) \

Definition of roadkill

1 : the remains of an animal that has been killed on a road by a motor vehicle
2 : one that falls victim to intense competition political roadkill

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road-killed \ ˈrōd-​ˌkild How to pronounce road-killed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of roadkill in a Sentence

There is a lot of roadkill along the highway.

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The Upper Mojave Desert is like some terrifying postapocalyptic dream: abandoned gas stations covered with hieroglyphic graffiti, battered highways streaked with moldering roadkill. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Man Who Wants To Beat the Billionaires," 14 Oct. 2015 Little Rivers started in June to count turtle roadkill on Engle Road. Joseph Dits, Post-Tribune, "Fort Wayne builds berm to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes," 3 July 2018 And roadkill, the carnage on the side of the street are people like Cohen, which is a sad thing. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018 And by the time he was done, the government’s case looked statistically indistinguishable from roadkill. Felix Gillette,, "Get Ready for Big Media to Get Bigger After AT&T Victory," 13 June 2018 Undeterred, searchers dragged slabs of ham down game trails and baited camera traps with roadkill or live chickens. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 May: In like ravenous rabbit, out like a roadkill squirrel. Michael Heaton,, "A smart book about dumb sayings: Minister of Culture," 14 Mar. 2018 Regardless, this carrion connection has cultivated some oddball gardening behaviors, including the hanging of roadkill in trees, to attract pollinators. Andrew Moore, Good Housekeeping, "A Beginner's Guide To Growing Pawpaw—The Delicious Fruit You're Not Eating," 12 Jan. 2018 May: In like ravenous rabbit, out like a roadkill squirrel. Michael Heaton,, "A smart book about dumb sayings: Minister of Culture," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of roadkill

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of roadkill was in 1946

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English Language Learners Definition of roadkill

: animals that have been killed by being hit by cars and other vehicles

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