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 Eisen, an avid birder, likens this database to a first draft of a field guide for Earth’s undomesticated microbes. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "A New Field Guide for Earth’s Wild Microbes," 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, "Ginkgo trees nearly went extinct. Here’s how we saved these ‘living fossils.’," 30 Nov. 2020 Wild like humans ate for 99% of their history: hunting and gathering undomesticated and uncultivated foods. Rien Fertel, WSJ, "‘Feasting Wild’ Review: To Taste the Untamed," 24 Aug. 2020 Scientists have since found undomesticated populations of the species across tropical Africa. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "The Worst Animal in the World," 20 Aug. 2020 As wild places across the world vanish, so, too, do undomesticated or uncultivated plant and animal species. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Dangers of Space, Military Rivals and Other New Books to Read," 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, "Australian Aboriginal officials approve killing up to 10,000 feral camels," 8 Jan. 2020 Otherwise fish remain our last wild food resource, our sole surviving forager’s link to an undomesticated world. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "What the Land Owes to the Sea," 22 Sep. 2017 But even if our aspirations for a night of undomesticated, immoderate revelry were unfulfilled, the two-family trip was a revelation in less dramatic but equally significant ways. Freda Moon, New York Times, "We Wanted a Carefree Family Trip. So We Invited a Second Family.," 6 Sep. 2017

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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