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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: exstinctus, past participle of exstinguere; EXTINGUISH


Related topics: Earth Sciences, Geology
1 an extinct type of animal or plant does not exist any more:
Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.
Pandas could become extinct in the wild.
an extinct species
2 if a type of person, custom, skill etc is extinct, it does not exist in society any more
3HE an extinct volcano does not erupt any more [≠ active]

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