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1. (of animals) living independently of man; not domesticated or tame
2. (of plants) growing in a natural state; not cultivated
3. living in a savage or uncivilized way
4. (of a card, such as a joker or deuce in some games) able to be given any value the holder pleases
5. a desolate, uncultivated, or uninhabited region
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in the wild

Something still in use or available to the public. For example, "audio formats in the wild" means all the audio file formats that are still in current use. When a tweet, video or other post has been published, it may also be said it is in the wild.

Viruses in the Wild
The phrase often refers to viruses that have not been contained. Although tens of thousands of viruses have been unleashed, most of them have been eradicated and exist only in computer labs for research purposes. However, at any given time, there may be a couple hundred viruses that are still "in the wild," contaminating computer systems of unsuspecting users. For more information, visit The WildList Organization International at www.wildlist.org.

wild cards

Symbols used to represent any value when selecting specific files. In DOS, Windows and Unix, the asterisk (*) represents any collection of characters, and the question mark (?) represents a single character. In SQL, the percent sign (%) and underscore (_) are used for matching text. Note the following examples:

DOS and Windows (case insensitive)

 *.gif    .gif or .GIF extension

 a*.gif   beginning with "a" or "A"

 boot.*   all files named "BooT"
           any mix upper/lower case

 *.d*     extensions starting with
           "d" or "D"

 ?abc     1ABC, 2abc, etc.

 ??abc    10ABC, xxabc, etc.

 Windows only (case insensitive)

 *t.jpg   JPEG files ending with "T"

 Unix only (case sensitive)

 *.jpg    .jpg extension

 *.JPG    .JPG extension

 a*.jpg   beginning with "a"

 A*.jpg   beginning with "A"

 boot.*   all files named "boot"

 BOOT.*   all files named "BOOT"

 ?abc     1abc, xabc, etc.

 ??ABC    10ABC, XXABC, etc.


 Good%    begining with "Good"

 _bcd     any name followed by "bcd"
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Some wild coffee plants are hardier than farmed species, better able to withstand climate change and devastating disease such as coffee leaf rust disease.
Venison Steak Bruschetta INGREDIENTS 1 lb venison tenderloin * assorted breads, sliced 1/2" thick and brushed with oil, salt and pepper Spice Rub: 1 tbsp Buck Wild Coffee 1 oz dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds, frozen 1 tbsp black peppercorns 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tbsp sea salt 1/2 tsp basil leaves 1/2 tsp celery seeds Spread: 1/2 cup cream cheese, * sour cream and horse radish Toppings: 1 tomato, diced 1 onion, diced 1/2 cup fresh basil, minced 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shaved 1/2 cup parsley, minced * olive oil and balsamic vinegar, mixed PREPARATION First blend the spice rub in an herb or coffee grinder.
The Climate Institute of Australia predicts that the land area deemed suitable for coffee growing could be reduced by half by 2050, and that wild coffee may disappear by 2080.
* Jeff Koehler is the author of several cookbooks, plus the IACP award-winning "Darjeeling." His next book, "Where the Wild Coffee Grows," will be published by Bloomsbury this fall.
A COMPARISON OF SOME WILD COFFEE ALTERNATIVES HOW PROCESSED AROMA/ FLAVOR HOW BEST SERVED ACORNS Once leached, Grain-like aroma Blend with other grind, roast, and flavor items percolate BURDOCK Wash root, dry, Bland aroma, and Blend with other grind, roast, strong flavor items; medium to percolate dark roast CALIF.
Even today, vast areas of both Kaffa and the neighboring regions here are home to wild coffee growing in the forests.
Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, mace, allspice, orange and citrus peels, wild coffee used by the locals, and especially nutmeg, providing 20 percent of the world's supply, are all important exports." The island has a GNI of US$7,110, which is higher than that of St Lucia, estimated at US$6,530 (GNI);
"We have also planted many trees on a small upland planter near the northeast corner of the project area." With Red Maple, Bald Cypress, Gumbo Limbo, Live Oak, Leather Fern, Wild Coffee, Wax Myrtle and Simpson Stopper, he adds, the dedicated, 3,000-sq.-ft.