The Natural World


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noun [countable and uncountable]
the natural environment in which an animal or plant usually lives:
With so many areas of woodland being cut down, a lot of wildlife is losing its natural habitat.
noun [uncountable]
the act of destroying something, or the fact of being destroyed:
Many people are very concerned about the destruction of the rainforests.
Unusually high winds left a trail of destruction over the area.
to support a person, organization, or activity by giving money, encouragement, or other help:
The team is sponsored by JVC, so the players wear the letters JVC on their shirts.
Eva said she was doing a ten-mile walk for charity and asked if I'd sponsor her.
endangered birds/plants/species​
animals or plants that may soon not exist because there are very few now alive
noun [uncountable]
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.
noun [uncountable]
an animal that is hunted and killed for food by another animal:
A hawk hovered in the air before swooping on its prey.
to care for young animals or children until they are able to care for themselves:
Some women make a deliberate choice to rear a child alone.
He describes how these birds rear their young.
noun [collective]
a group of lions
a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other:
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species.
Over a hundred species of insect are found in this area.
figurative humorous Women film directors in Hollywood are a rare species.