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

  • n. An organism that lives by preying on other organisms.
  • n. One that victimizes, plunders, or destroys, especially for one's own gain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any animal or other organism that hunts and kills other organisms (their prey), primarily for food
  • n. someone who attacks and plunders for gain

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

  • n. any animal that lives by preying on other animals
  • n. someone who attacks in search of booty

Etymologies

Latin praedātor, pillager, from praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praedātor, from praedor ("loot, pillage"), from praeda ("booty, spoils, prey"). (Wiktionary)

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