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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wild \Wild\, adjective [Compar. {Wilder}; superl. {Wildest}.] [OE. wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG. wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild, bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild game, deer; of uncertain origin.]

1. Living in a state of nature; inhabiting natural haunts, as the forest or open field; not familiar with, or not easily approached by, man; not tamed or domesticated; as, a wild boar; a wild ox; a wild cat.

Winter's not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way. --Shak.

2. Growing or produced without culture; growing or prepared without the aid and care of man; native; not cultivated; brought forth by unassisted nature or by animals not domesticated; as, wild parsnip, wild camomile, wild strawberry, wild honey.

The woods and desert caves, With wild thyme and gadding vine o'ergrown. --Milton.

3. Desert; not inhabited or cultivated; as, wild land. "To trace the forests wild." --Shak.

4. Savage; uncivilized; not refined by culture; ferocious; rude; as, wild natives of Africa or America.

5. Not submitted to restraint, training, or regulation; turbulent; tempestuous; violent; ungoverned; licentious; inordinate; disorderly; irregular; fanciful; imaginary; visionary; crazy. "Valor grown wild by pride." --Prior. "A wild, speculative project." --Swift.

What are these So withered and so wild in their attire ? --Shak.

With mountains, as with weapons, armed; which makes Wild work in heaven. --Milton.

The wild winds howl. --Addison.

Search then the ruling passion, there, alone The wild are constant, and the cunning known. --Pope.

6. Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered; as, a wild roadstead.

7. Indicating strong emotion, intense excitement, or ?ewilderment; as, a wild look.

8. (Naut.) Hard to steer; -- said of a vessel.

Note: Many plants are named by prefixing wild to the names of other better known or cultivated plants to which they a bear a real or fancied resemblance; as, wild allspice, wild pink, etc. See the Phrases below.

{To run wild}, to go unrestrained or untamed; to live or untamed; to live or grow without culture or training.

{To sow one's wild oats}. See under {Oat}.

{Wild allspice}. (Bot.), spicewood.

{Wild balsam apple} (Bot.), an American climbing cucurbitaceous plant ({Echinocystis lobata}).

{Wild basil} (Bot.), a fragrant labiate herb ({Calamintha Clinopodium}) common in Europe and America.

{Wild bean} (Bot.), a name of several leguminous plants, mostly species of {Phaseolus} and {Apios}.

{Wild bee} (Zool.), any one of numerous species of undomesticated social bees, especially the domestic bee when it has escaped from domestication and built its nest in a hollow tree or among rocks.

{Wild bergamot}. (Bot.) See under {Bergamot}.

{Wild boar} (Zool.), the European wild hog ({Sus scrofa}), from which the common domesticated swine is descended.

{Wild brier} (Bot.), any uncultivated species of brier. See {Brier}.

{Wild bugloss} (Bot.), an annual rough-leaved plant ({Lycopsis arvensis}) with small blue flowers.

{Wild camomile} (Bot.), one or more plants of the composite genus {Matricaria}, much resembling camomile.

{Wild cat}. (Zool.) (a) A European carnivore ({Felis catus}) somewhat resembling the domestic cat, but larger stronger, and having a short tail. It is destructive to the smaller domestic animals, such as lambs, kids, poultry, and the like. (b) The common American lynx, or bay lynx. (c) (Naut.) A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan. --Luce.

{Wild celery}. (Bot.) See {Tape grass}, under {Tape}.

{Wild cherry}. (Bot.) (a) Any uncultivated tree which bears cherries. The wild red cherry is {Prunus Pennsylvanica}. The wild black cherry is {Prunus serotina}, the wood of which is much used for cabinetwork, being of a light red color and a compact texture. (b) The fruit of various species of {Prunus}.

{Wild cinnamon}. See the Note under {Canella}.

{Wild comfrey} (Bot.), an American plant ({Cynoglossum Virginicum}) of the Borage family. It has large bristly leaves and small blue flowers.

{Wild cumin} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant ({Lag[oe]cia cuminoides}) native in the countries about the Mediterranean.

{Wild drake} (Zool.) the mallard.

{Wild elder} (Bot.), an American plant ({Aralia hispida}) of the Ginseng family.

{Wild fowl} (Zool.) any wild bird, especially any of those considered as game birds.

{Wild goose} (Zool.), any one of several species of undomesticated geese, especially the Canada goose ({Branta Canadensis}), the European bean goose, and the graylag. See {Graylag}, and {Bean goose}, under {Bean}.

{Wild goose chase}, the pursuit of something unattainable, or of something as unlikely to be caught as the wild goose. --Shak.

{Wild honey}, honey made by wild bees, and deposited in trees, rocks, the like.

{Wild hyacinth}. (Bot.) See {Hyacinth}, 1 (b) .

{Wild Irishman} (Bot.), a thorny bush ({Discaria Toumatou}) of the Buckthorn family, found in New Zealand, where the natives use the spines in tattooing.

{Wild land}. (a) Land not cultivated, or in a state that renders it unfit for cultivation. (b) Land which is not settled and cultivated.

{Wild licorice}. (Bot.) See under {Licorice}.

{Wild mammee} (Bot.), the oblong, yellowish, acid fruit of a tropical American tree ({Rheedia lateriflora}); -- so called in the West Indies.

{Wild marjoram} (Bot.), a labiate plant ({Origanum vulgare}) much like the sweet marjoram, but less aromatic.

{Wild oat}. (Bot.) (a) A tall, oatlike kind of soft grass ({Arrhenatherum avenaceum}). (b) See {Wild oats}, under {Oat}.

{Wild pieplant} (Bot.), a species of dock ({Rumex hymenosepalus}) found from Texas to California. Its acid, juicy stems are used as a substitute for the garden rhubarb.

{Wild pigeon}. (Zool.) (a) The rock dove. (b) The passenger pigeon.

{Wild pink} (Bot.), an American plant ({Silene Pennsylvanica}) with pale, pinkish flowers; a kind of catchfly.

{Wild plantain} (Bot.), an arborescent endogenous herb ({Heliconia Bihai}), much resembling the banana. Its leaves and leaf sheaths are much used in the West Indies as coverings for packages of merchandise.

{Wild plum}. (Bot.) (a) Any kind of plum growing without cultivation. (b) The South African prune. See under {Prune}.

{Wild rice}. (Bot.) See {Indian rice}, under {Rice}.

{Wild rosemary} (Bot.), the evergreen shrub {Andromeda polifolia}. See {Marsh rosemary}, under {Rosemary}.

{Wild sage}. (Bot.) See {Sagebrush}.

{Wild sarsaparilla} (Bot.), a species of ginseng ({Aralia nudicaulis}) bearing a single long-stalked leaf.

{Wild sensitive plant} (Bot.), either one of two annual leguminous herbs ({Cassia Chamaecrista}, and {Cassia nictitans}), in both of which the leaflets close quickly when the plant is disturbed.

{Wild service}.(Bot.) See {Sorb}.

{Wild Spaniard} (Bot.), any one of several umbelliferous plants of the genus {Aciphylla}, natives of New Zealand. The leaves bear numerous bayonetlike spines, and the plants form an impenetrable thicket.

{Wild turkey}. (Zool.) See 2d {Turkey}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wild \Wild\, adverb Wildly; as, to talk wild. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wild \Wild\, noun An uninhabited and uncultivated tract or region; a forest or desert; a wilderness; a waste; as, the wilds of America; the wilds of Africa.

then Libya first, of all her moisture drained, Became a barren waste, a wild of sand. --Addison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wild

adverb

1: in an uncontrolled and rampant manner; "weeds grew rampantly around here" [syn: {rampantly}, {wild}]

2: in a wild or undomesticated manner; "growing wild"; "roaming wild"

adjective

1: marked by extreme lack of restraint or control; "wild talk"; "wild parties" [ant: {tame}]

2: in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated; "wild geese"; "edible wild plants" [syn: {wild}, {untamed}] [ant: {tame}, {tamed}]

3: in a state of extreme emotion; "wild with anger"; "wild with grief"

4: deviating widely from an intended course; "a wild bullet"; "he threw a wild pitch"

5: (of colors or sounds) intensely vivid or loud; "a violent clash of colors"; "her dress was a violent red"; "a violent noise"; "wild colors"; "wild shouts" [syn: {violent}, {wild}]

6: without a basis in reason or fact; "baseless gossip"; "the allegations proved groundless"; "idle fears"; "unfounded suspicions"; "unwarranted jealousy" [syn: {baseless}, {groundless}, {idle}, {unfounded}, {unwarranted}, {wild}]

7: talking or behaving irrationally; "a raving lunatic" [syn: {raving mad}, {wild}]

8: involving risk or danger; "skydiving is a hazardous sport"; "extremely risky going out in the tide and fog"; "a wild financial scheme" [syn: {hazardous}, {risky}, {wild}]

9: fanciful and unrealistic; foolish; "a fantastic idea of his own importance" [syn: {fantastic}, {wild}]

10: located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; "a desert island"; "a godforsaken wilderness crossroads"; "a wild stretch of land"; "waste places" [syn: {godforsaken}, {waste}, {wild}]

11: intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with; "crazy about cars and racing"; "he is potty about her" [syn: {crazy}, {wild}, {dotty}, {gaga}]

12: without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes" [syn: {barbarian}, {barbaric}, {savage}, {uncivilized}, {uncivilised}, {wild}]

13: (of the elements) as if showing violent anger; "angry clouds on the horizon"; "furious winds"; "the raging sea" [syn: {angry}, {furious}, {raging}, {tempestuous}, {wild}]

noun

1: a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild" [syn: {wild}, {natural state}, {state of nature}]

2: a wild and uninhabited area left in its natural condition; "it was a wilderness preserved for the hawks and mountaineers" [syn: {wilderness}, {wild}]


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