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sylvatic Line breaks: syl|vat¦ic
Pronunciation: /sɪlˈvatɪk/

Definition of sylvatic in English:


Veterinary Medicine
Relating to or denoting certain diseases when contracted by wild animals, and the pathogens causing them: an epidemic of sylvatic plague among prairie dogs
More example sentences
  • Endangered black-footed ferrets are extremely susceptible to sylvatic plague, a disease that has seriously hampered efforts to re-establish ferrets to their historical range.
  • In addition to sylvatic plague, a disease likely brought from Europe by ship rats, prairie dogs have suffered from aggressive poisoning campaigns by farmers and ranchers.
  • Diminished prairie dog populations now face the even greater catastrophe of sylvatic plague, an introduced contagious disease for which prairie dogs have little immunity.


1930s: from Latin silvaticus, from silva 'wood'.

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