wild·​life ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌlīf How to pronounce wildlife (audio)
often attributive
: living things and especially mammals, birds, and fishes that are neither human nor domesticated

Examples of wildlife in a Sentence

an area with abundant wildlife
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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wildlife was in 1879

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“Wildlife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildlife. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


wild·​life ˈwī(ə)l-ˌ(d)līf How to pronounce wildlife (audio)
: nonhuman living things and especially wild animals living in their natural environment

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