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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of extirpate.
  • adj. Locally extinct (though alive elsewhere).


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  • (Of course, the only group to be extirpated from the region en masse would be those of Japanese ancestry.)


  • By the mid-1800s deer, beaver, and wild turkey, to name just a few of the most commonly hunted animals, had been all but extirpated from the northeastern United States.


  • They're endangered throughout the majority of their range, and in fact in a lot of the areas they've been extirpated, which is a local extinction.

    CNN Transcript Apr 4, 2007

  • King William had demanded that the MacIans be "extirpated" but this was said to have been taken too far by the Master of Stair who was deemed to have exceeded his authority.

    Massacre at Glencoe

  • Unlike the Anglo-Jewish novelist Amy Levy's own ironic rejoinder to Daniel Deronda, Reuben Sachs: A Sketch (1888), Gwendolen leaves the reader in absolutely no doubt of its intentions.3 After a scant few months in the East, Daniel is ready to chuck the Jews overboard permanently: he tells a rabbi that the Jews (parasites all) need to be "extirpated" through mass assimilation (28), and is thoroughly depressed by the "unholy depravities" (64) on exhibit in the Jewish community.


  • Robert Gottfried writes, “By 1351, 60 major and 150 smaller Jewish communities had been extirpated, and over 350 massacres had taken place.”

    Modern Science in the Bible

  • In most minds usage has so identified them with the notion of religion, that the one cannot be extirpated without the other.

    Three Cheers for Mrs Beamish

  • I was also told this: Perennial poppies; I have those in the front flowerbed although thought I had extirpated them.

    Anybody know what kind of flowers these are?

  • I realize my next statement is some what farcical, but when have you heard of a Cougar preying on humans in the eastern part of the US where they have been largely extirpated?

    They just said on tv that a black lab saved 2 people from a mountain lion attack in California.

  • Osprey are another species that had been extirpated from my favorite haunts and came back, in spectacular fashion, once we stopped spraying DDT.

    Think Progress » Fifteen States Have Polluter-Driven Resolutions To Deny Climate Threat


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