predaceous


pre·da·ceous

adjective \pri-ˈdā-shəs\

Definition of PREDACEOUS

1
:  living by preying on other animals :  predatory
2
usually predacious :  tending to devour or despoil :  rapacious
pre·da·ceous·ness noun
pre·dac·i·ty \-ˈda-sə-tē\ noun

Variants of PREDACEOUS

pre·da·ceous or pre·da·cious \pri-ˈdā-shəs\

Examples of PREDACEOUS

  1. <the predaceous animals of the jungle, with the tiger at the top of the food chain>

Origin of PREDACEOUS

Latin praedari to prey upon (from praeda prey) + English -aceous or -acious (as in rapacious) — more at prey
First Known Use: 1713

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