un·dis·cov·ered | \ ˌən-di-ˈskə-vərd \

Definition of undiscovered 

: not found or found out : not discovered an undiscovered island as yet undiscovered talents undiscovered motives … detected the presence of a hitherto undiscovered element. —Paul Strathern

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Every summer, America’s Got Talent showcases a range of undiscovered talent, but one couple featured on the show last week had already found a fanbase from singing six-second covers on the now-defunct Vine app. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Us the Duo Talk Decision to Go On 'America's Got Talent,' New Tour & Coming Up on Vine With Shawn Mendes," 12 June 2018 Wherever discrepancies exist, there could lurk undiscovered astrophysics. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Fastest Supercomputer for Astronomy Comes Online in Japan," 1 June 2018 Creators included every cliché character, even a nice local touch with the undiscovered, wannabe country-music singer who pops up in anything staged in Nashville. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018 But ones between 140 meters and 1 kilometer across—still big enough to wipe out a city—are so faint that an estimated 59% remain undiscovered. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "To find small asteroids that could hit Earth, private foundation embraces small satellites," 22 May 2018 But this particular gibbon, besides its proximity to power, may also represent a previously undiscovered—and now extinct—species. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 The most likely culprit, the researchers concluded, was the tug of gravity from a large, undiscovered planet. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids?," 6 June 2018 In a report published Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said the Eagle Ford — which stretches from the Texas-Mexico border into Louisiana — could contain 8.5 billion barrels of undiscovered and technically recoverable oil. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "South Texas’ Eagle Ford could have billions of crude barrels left to pump," 26 June 2018 Here are the stories behind some of the most unique and sought-after undiscovered wrecks in the Great Lakes. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018

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1555, in the meaning defined above

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un·dis·cov·ered | \ ˌən-di-ˈskəv-ərd \

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: not discovered an undiscovered island

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