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extinction

noun [U] uk   us   /ɪkˈstɪŋk.ʃən/
C1 a situation in which something no longer exists: The extinction of the dinosaurs occurred millions of years ago. Many species of plants and animals are in danger of/threatened with extinction (= being destroyed so that they no longer exist). Some people predict the extinction of family life as we know it today.
Translations of “extinction”
in Korean 멸종…
in Arabic انقِراض…
in Portuguese extinção…
in Catalan extinció…
in Japanese 絶滅…
in Italian estinzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 滅絕, 絕種…
in Russian вымирание, исчезновение…
in Turkish yok olma, soyu/nesli tükenme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 灭绝, 绝种…
in Polish wymarcie, wyginięcie…
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