- 1(Of a species, family, or other larger group) having no living members: trilobites and dinosaurs are extinctMore example sentences
- But the related species of one extinct group, the glyptodonts, had a single-piece carapace similar to that of tortoises.
- Most paleontologists now agree this member of an extinct group of birds is not the ancestor of any group of modern birds, nor is it a link between reptiles and birds.
- He also included several extinct genera in this family, some of which have a pyramidal spire.
- 1.1No longer in existence: an extinct language the sort of girls' school that is now extinctMore example sentences
- Many extinct or vanishing Indian languages are the only evidence we have of the long migrations and complex histories of particular peoples.
- However, Tulu language with its near extinct script has been generating much enthusiasm amongst the linguists, as it is now believed to be one of the oldest Dravidian languages.
- Learning to speak an extinct indigenous language should be an enormous benefit to Aboriginal kids in getting a job in twenty-first century Australia.
- 1.2(Of a title of nobility) having no valid claimant: the baronetcy became extinctMore example sentences
- The new d' Urbervilles changed their name to a noble name they thought extinct so that no one in the area will know how they made their money.
- Even so I didn't know there was an extinct title for Walkley?
- In that year both these names were replaced by the present one, which is presumably an allusion to the extinct title formerly held by a member of the Sutton family.
- 2(Of a volcano) not having erupted in recorded history: the islands are the remains of extinct volcanoesMore example sentences
inactive, old, former, no longer active
- Visually, the city keeps you enthralled, with its setting atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags.
- El Laco is an extinct volcano of pure magnetite!
- Just to the west of Mount Schank, an extinct volcano created a series of deep sinkholes, which harbour some unusual life forms.
- 2.1No longer alight: his now extinct pipeMore example sentences
- An extinct cigar lay on the carpet, where it had fallen from the mouth of some airman swiftly overtaken by sleep.
- I found Jack sitting alone in the dark at the open studio window, an extinct pipe between his lips.
late Middle English (in the sense 'no longer alight'): from Latin exstinct- 'extinguished', from the verb exstinguere (see extinguish).