roadkill

noun

road·​kill ˈrōd-ˌkil How to pronounce roadkill (audio)
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
road-killed adjective

Examples of roadkill in a Sentence

There is a lot of roadkill along the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web However, human activities, including habitat destruction, poaching, and roadkill, are the most significant threats to tapir populations. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2024 The word roadkill has been in the American vocabulary since the late 1940s, but it’s only been in the last several decades that studies have emerged examining the effect of roads on animals and the environment. John Riha, Discover Magazine, 13 June 2024 Opossums are happy to munch on even days-old leftover roadkill, suggesting their bodies are strong enough to overcome the accumulating decay and bacteria. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2024 The long-wing swallows have gotten weeded from the population by roadkill, and the shorter-wing swallows remain, and now the whole population is becoming less susceptible to roadkill. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for roadkill 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Roadkill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roadkill. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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