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predaceous

adjective pre·da·ceous \pri-ˈdā-shəs\

Definition of predaceous

  1. 1 :  living by preying on other animals :  predatory

  2. 2 usually predacious :  tending to devour or despoil :  rapacious

pre·da·ceous·ness noun
pre·dac·i·ty play \-ˈda-sə-tē\ noun


Examples of predaceous

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



Variants of predaceous

or pre·da·cious play \pri-ˈdā-shəs\

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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