Word + Quiz: extirpate

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extirpate ˈek-stər-ˌpāt verb

1. destroy utterly, as if all the way down to the roots

2. pull up by or as if by the roots

three. surgically take away (an organ)

The phrase extirpate has appeared in 9 articles on NYTimes.com prior to now 12 months, together with on July 5 in “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?” by Christopher Solomon:

In 1973, Congress handed the landmark Endangered Species Act. Within just a few years, the grey wolf was listed as “endangered” all through the West. Gray wolves had been efficiently reintroduced within the mid-1990s when the federal authorities relocated 31 wolves from Canada to Wyoming’s Yellowstone nation and 35 to central Idaho. Since then, wolves have wandered throughout state strains to take up residence once more of their former houses in Oregon and California.

Wherever the predators have arrived, blistering conflicts have adopted. Shouting matches at public conferences. Threats to authorities officers. Dead livestock. Dead wolves. So in 2008, when biologists discovered that the primary wolves had returned to Washington for the reason that animals had been extirpated there within the 1930s, officers pledged to study from different states’ errors.

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