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extinct

adjective uk   /ɪkˈstɪŋkt/ us  
C1 not now existing: There is concern that the giant panda will soon become extinct. Many tribes became extinct when they came into contact with Western illnesses. A lot of trades have become extinct because of the development of technology. An extinct volcano is one that is not now active (= will not explode again).
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