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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Currently, animals hoping to cross the highway are at high risk of becoming roadkill; as a result, most are essentially trapped in the Santa Monica Mountains, unable to venture out in search of food and potential mates. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "California Will Build the Largest Wildlife Crossing in the World," 21 Aug. 2019 Animals may come also to haunt roadsides, as many people feed them from cars, putting them at risk of becoming roadkill. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 Near the entrance to the facility, five or six black vultures brunched on roadkill. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019 Fleshy and smooshed, the image is more reminiscent of roadkill than a human eye. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 Non-farmers may see the birds more often on the side of the road, pecking at rotting roadkill. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Black vultures eat animals alive and terrorize Kentucky farms. But the feds protect them," 25 June 2019 Cleaning up roadkill is not for the faint of heart. Byron Mccauley,, "Meet Danny Jackson, the man who cleans up roadkill from Cincinnati streets," 20 June 2019 Dispose of roadkill or dead animals quickly Vultures are attracted to death, and keeping carcasses of dead animals around can only encourage vultures to linger. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky black vulture attacks: How to keep your pets and farm animals safe," 25 June 2019 Cathy Pollack, a biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said a woman saw an eagle swoop down in front of a car, apparently diving for roadkill. Nara Schoenberg,, "A tale of lost love, mistaken identity, courageous single parenting — and bald eagles," 18 June 2019

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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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