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Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca a Spanish explorer who, after landing on the cape of Florida in 1528 and being stranded in the Gulf coast region for 8 years, published an account of his survival and interaction with the native peoples under the title "La relación" (1542) (b.1490?--d.1557?).
asphalt jungle any large city, esp. when considered as the noisy, crowded arena of a struggle for survival.
beggar one who begs, esp. as a means of survival. [1/4 definitions]
biomedicine the branch of medicine concerned with human survival and functioning in abnormal environmental conditions.
bread this food as symbolic of the things necessary for survival. [1/4 definitions]
Darwinian theory Charles Darwin's theory that plants and animals evolved from early primitive life forms with variation caused by natural selection and survival of the fittest. (See evolution.)
environment the set of things and conditions that constitute the sphere in which a particular type of organism lives and that have an impact on its physical growth and survival. [1/3 definitions]
exist to maintain one's being or survival; endure; survive. [1/3 definitions]
imitative in biology, closely resembling in features important to survival; mimetic. [1/3 definitions]
mimesis the imitation or mimicry by an organism of environmental features or of other organisms as a means of survival. [1/2 definitions]
mimicry the imitation by an organism of its environment or of other organisms as a means of survival. [1/2 definitions]
parasitism the method of existence or survival of a parasite. [1/2 definitions]
peregrine falcon a very swift falcon whose survival was seriously endangered by the pesticide DDT in the 195s and 1960s.
predation the method of survival that involves capturing and feeding on prey. [1/2 definitions]
self-sufficient dependent solely on oneself for the means of support or survival.
streetwise informed about what goes on and highly adapted for survival in a city, esp. the more sordid sections; street-smart.
survivalist one who believes that a disaster such as nuclear war or social upheaval is likely to occur and who attempts to ensure his or her survival by building shelter in a remote area, hoarding food and supplies, and the like.
triage a system of determining priority of medical treatment, on the basis of need, chances of survival, and the like, to victims on a battlefield or in a hospital emergency ward. [1/2 definitions]
vigor capacity for healthy growth and survival, esp. in a living organism. [1/3 definitions]