road·​kill ˈrōd-ˌkil How to pronounce roadkill (audio)
: the remains of an animal that has been killed on a road by a motor vehicle
: 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 The invention of the wheel was followed, probably seconds later, by the invention of roadkill. Timothy Farrington, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2023 The great irony of roadkill is this: Its most conspicuous victims tend to be those least in need of saving. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2023 Vultures, ravens and other cunning scavengers are ascendant, their diets subsidized by roadkill. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 Vehicles kill a whole bunch of deer each year as well, with several Midwestern states claiming annual roadkills over 50,000 animals. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Aug. 2023 Visitors who flocked in 2018 and again in 2021 to take in the smell described it as akin to their cat's litter box or roadkill. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2023 That’s Holmes County, where the CWD-positive deer was found as roadkill. Ike Morgan |, al, 28 June 2023 The public is also encouraged to report roadkill deer and deer displaying unusual behavior to their local WFF District Office. Mike Bolton, al, 27 June 2023 Hunters and trappers have been enlisted to bring their harvests to researchers for testing, and wildlife crews collect animal carcasses in woods and scrape up roadkill to round out the picture. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roadkill was in 1946

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“Roadkill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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