sylvatic

adjective
syl·​vat·​ic | \ sil-ˈva-tik How to pronounce sylvatic (audio) \

Definition of sylvatic

1 : sylvan sylvatic rodents
2 : occurring in or affecting wild animals sylvatic diseases

Examples of sylvatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Added genetic diversity could help protect the population from diseases such as sylvatic plague and canine distemper that periodically slash its numbers, reports Mead Gruver for the Associated Press. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2021 All ferrets reintroduced so far are the descendants of just seven closely related animals — genetic similarity that makes today’s ferrets potentially susceptible to intestinal parasites and diseases such as sylvatic plague. Mead Gruver, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2021 All ferrets reintroduced so far are the descendants of just seven closely related animals — genetic similarity that makes today’s ferrets potentially susceptible to intestinal parasites and diseases such as sylvatic plague. NBC News, 19 Feb. 2021 The lack of genetic diversity is a concern for scientists, however: Genetic similarity would make the new ferrets potentially susceptible to intestinal parasites and diseases such as sylvatic plague. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 19 Feb. 2021 Diseases like sylvatic plague wiped out the ferrets that the biologists left behind. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2021 Most of those rare animals were then lost to disease, including sylvatic plague, the animal version of the Black Death that has plagued humans. Jonel Aleccia, Quartz, 23 Dec. 2020 Most of those rare animals were then lost to disease, including sylvatic plague, the animal version of the Black Death that has plagued humans. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, 23 Dec. 2020 In 1987, there were only 18 surviving due to outbreaks of canine distemper virus and sylvatic plague. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sylvatic

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sylvatic

Latin silvaticus of the woods, wild — more at savage

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The first known use of sylvatic was in 1661

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“Sylvatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sylvatic. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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sylvatic

adjective
syl·​vat·​ic | \ sil-ˈvat-ik How to pronounce sylvatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of sylvatic

: occurring in, affecting, or transmitted by wild animals sylvatic diseases sylvatic yellow fever

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