undomesticated

adjective
un·​do·​mes·​ti·​cat·​ed | \ ən-də-ˈme-sti-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce undomesticated (audio) \

Definition of undomesticated

: not domesticated an undomesticated plant undomesticated relatives of the house cat

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Recent Examples on the Web These undomesticated strains appear at harvest time, when farmers select their tamer, more pampered kin for replanting. Helen Sullivan, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2021 In some locations this would have set up a scenario in which domestic escapees likely swapped genes with their undomesticated ancestors, potentially diluting or even, in a slightly Oedipal turn, eliminating truly wild cannabis. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 July 2021 Eisen, an avid birder, likens this database to a first draft of a field guide for Earth’s undomesticated microbes. Monique Brouillette, Wired, 18 Dec. 2020 The species was thought to be extinct in the wild until the early 20th century when a supposedly undomesticated population was found in western China. Sarah Gibbens, Environment, 30 Nov. 2020 Wild like humans ate for 99% of their history: hunting and gathering undomesticated and uncultivated foods. Rien Fertel, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2020 Scientists have since found undomesticated populations of the species across tropical Africa. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, 20 Aug. 2020 As wild places across the world vanish, so, too, do undomesticated or uncultivated plant and animal species. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2020 In a statement on Facebook, local government official said camels and other feral – which essentially means wild, undomesticated animals – are searching for water. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of undomesticated

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Undomesticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undomesticated. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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