predation

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pre·da·tion

noun \pri-ˈdā-shən\

: the act of killing and eating other animals : the act of preying on other animals

Full Definition of PREDATION

1
:  the act of preying or plundering :  depredation
2
:  a mode of life in which food is primarily obtained by the killing and consuming of animals

Origin of PREDATION

Middle English predacion, from Latin praedation-, praedatio, from praedari
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Ecology Terms

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predation

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Form of food getting in which one animal, the predator, eats an animal of another species, the prey, immediately after killing it or, in some cases, while it is still alive. Most predators are generalists; they eat a variety of prey species. Specialist predators, such as anteaters, eat only one or a few prey species. Cannibalism is a type of predation in which an animal eats another of its own species. Seed consumption is also considered predation because the entire living embryo of a plant is destroyed.

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