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endangered species

1. Literally, a species that is in danger of becoming extinct. Once an endangered species, these majestic creatures have made a great comeback with the help of preservation efforts.
2. By extension, something that is already very rare or could soon become rare. I worry that this type of work will soon be an endangered species if funding keeps getting cut.
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the female of the species is more deadly than the male

Women are dangerous. The phrase implies that women are more dangerous than men, likening them to animal species in which the female is more powerful or aggressive than the male. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling's 1911 poem, "The Female of the Species." Jane might look tiny, but she's a tough broad, and she brings that old saying to mind—the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
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female of the species is more deadly than the male

Prov. In many animal species, the female is poisonous and the male is not, and, by analogy, women are more dangerous than men. Bill: My old girlfriend's been threatening me ever since I broke up with her, but she's too small and weak to do me any harm. Fred: I'd be careful if I were you. The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
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endangered species

A group threatened with extinction or destruction. For example, Workers willing to put in overtime without extra pay are an endangered species, or With the new budget cuts, public television has become an endangered species. This expression, originally referring to species of plants or animals in danger of dying out, began in the 1980s to be extended to anything or anyone becoming rare.
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an endangered species

If you describe something as an endangered species, you mean that there are not many of them left. Business class is in danger of becoming an endangered species, except on long flights. Bassoons, oboes and the big brass instruments are endangered species because children do not want to play them. Note: This expression comes from the literal meaning of a plant or animal that is likely to die out soon.
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The act is a safety net intended to stop us before we drive a species to extinction," says Cat Lazaroff of the law firm Earthjustice.
Four of them consist of diverse associations but are dominated by species belonging to a single genus, which co-occur with several subordinate genera and a bunch of rare taxa.
Interspecific comparison of rubber biochemistry also can provide information as to the likelihood of being able to over-express or suppress specific rubber biosynthetic genes within (1) the host plant and (2) within a different species, to achieve the desired effects on rubber yield and quality.
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He also argues that lawmakers should establish minimum criteria for scientific studies used as the basis for listing species and require peer review of the data.
Only a small fraction of the world's plant species has been studied in detail but as many as half are threatened with extinction.
Alien species introductions continue at a rate of 20 per year, slipping through on airline flights, in the mail and as ship cargo.
Introduced tree species have been brought into the United States.
The loss of species deprives us of invaluable tools for biomedical research that provide insights into how human cells and organ systems function in health and illness, and precludes our developing important new medicines for currently untreatable human diseases.
McDonald added that some wood species do not provide any particular advantage if cooked separately, but they are less expensive and therefore useful as fillers to lower total wood cost.
The ability to reproduce individuals through somatic cell nuclear transfer has been accomplished in at least five species, the latest being that of the cat.