As adjectives the difference between extant and extirpated
is that extant
is still in existence while extirpated
is (of a species) locally extinct (though alive elsewhere).
As a verb extirpated is
Still in existence.
* 1661 , ,
The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
Currently existing; not having disappeared.
Still alive; not extinct.
- During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
* (still alive) extinct
(of a species) Locally extinct (though alive elsewhere).