Definitions for extantˈɛk stənt, ɪkˈstænt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. extant(adj)

    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

    "extant manuscripts"; "specimens of graphic art found among extant barbaric folk"- Edward Clodd


  1. extant(Adjective)

    Still in existence.

  2. extant(Adjective)

    Currently existing; not having disappeared.

  3. extant(Adjective)

    Still alive; not extinct.

  4. Origin: First attested in 1545, from extantem, from exto, from ex- + sto.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extant(adj)

    standing out or above any surface; protruded

  2. Extant(adj)

    still existing; not destroyed or lost; outstanding

  3. Extant(adj)

    publicly known; conspicuous


  1. Extant taxon

    In biology, extant taxa, such as species, genera and families, are taxa still in existence, meaning still alive as opposed to extinct. For example, the moose is an extant species, while the dodo is an extinct species. However, extant refers primarily to a species that is extinct from a localized area. For instance, the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf became extant, or rather, was extirpated from Yellowstone National Park, but was then reintroduced later. Likewise, in the group of molluscs known as the cephalopods, as of 1987 there were approximately 600 extant species and 7,500 extinct species.

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