Meaning of EXTINCTION in English

/ ɪkˈstɪŋkʃn; NAmE / noun

[ U ] a situation in which a plant, an animal, a way of life, etc. stops existing :

a tribe threatened with extinction / in danger of extinction

The mountain gorilla is on the verge of extinction .



late Middle English : from Latin exstinctio(n-) , from exstinguere quench, from ex- out + stinguere quench.

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