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

Other Words from roadkill

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

Examples of roadkill in a Sentence

There is a lot of roadkill along the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web Similar research in Iowa of tissue from roadkill and hunted deer found widespread evidence of the virus. NBC News, 3 Jan. 2022 The purpose of the bridge is to reverse the effects that fragmented landscapes have had on wildlife, including low genetic diversity and roadkill. Laura Anaya-morga, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 There, they’re regularly seen as roadkill or in small-scale racing events where they are made to scurry down a 40-foot track. Oliver Milman, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 This new analysis — conducted by examining the lymph nodes of samples from roadkill and from those felled by hunters — showed active infections, the researchers said., 8 Nov. 2021 For eight years, as knockoffs proliferated on cable, Rowe crisscrossed the country profiling sewer workers, coal miners, roadkill collectors, chicken sexers, and other jobs that would film well. Jake Maynard, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 Orgeron’s lack of character had everything to do with why his program turned into a fried roadkill po-boy, but nothing to do with why he was fired. Joseph Goodman |, al, 20 Oct. 2021 The lions could use it any time of the day or night without fear of becoming roadkill. Craig Pittman, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 Testing of roadkill and hunter-harvested deer jumped to 10,726 in 2016. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Oct. 2021

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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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9 Jan 2022

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“Roadkill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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