Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Living by seizing or taking prey; predatory.
  • adjective Given to victimizing, plundering, or destroying for one's own gain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Living by prey; disposed to prey or plunder; predatory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Living by prey; predatory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Surviving by preying on other animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
  • adjective hunting and killing other animals for food

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]

Examples

  • In the new Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, I've made my way through several articles over the last week: "Bistahieversor sealeyi, gen. et sp. nov., a new tyrannosauroid from New Mexico and the origin of deep snouts in Tyrannosauroidea"; "A reappraisal of the origin and basal radiation of the Osteichthyes"; and "Demythologizing Arctodus simus, the 'short-faced' long-legged predaceous bear that never was."

    "No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise."

  • In the new Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, I've made my way through several articles over the last week: "Bistahieversor sealeyi, gen. et sp. nov., a new tyrannosauroid from New Mexico and the origin of deep snouts in Tyrannosauroidea"; "A reappraisal of the origin and basal radiation of the Osteichthyes"; and "Demythologizing Arctodus simus, the 'short-faced' long-legged predaceous bear that never was."

    "No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise."

  • They occur in cool running waters and are predaceous.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • Most larvae are predaceous and feed on most other small invertebrates.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • However, the problem with that scenario is that both adults and larvae of ladybugs are predaceous, but I doubt it very much that there would be enough prey on that bleak mountain top for so many of them to survive.

    Ladybugs galore

  • Adults and deutonymphs are predaceous and often feed upon the immature stages of the species that they parasitize as larvae.

    Arthropoda

  • They are predaceous and usually feed on the insect larvae which they parasitized as larvae.

    Arthropoda

  • However, the problem with that scenario is that both adults and larvae of ladybugs are predaceous, but I doubt it very much that there would be enough prey on that bleak mountain top for so many of them to survive.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The Carabidae family encompasses about twenty thousand known species of mainly unspecialized, mainly predaceous beetles, abundant on all continents except Antarctica and on most islands.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The predaceous mien that I witnessed earlier has been whomped out of him, and now he is miserable and scared and repentant.

    The Song of The Dodo

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