bird of prey

noun phrase

Definition of bird of prey

: a carnivorous bird (such as a hawk, eagle, vulture, or owl) that feeds wholly or chiefly on meat taken by hunting or on carrion : raptor

First Known Use of bird of prey

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bird of prey was in the 14th century

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“Bird of prey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%20of%20prey. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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bird of prey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bird of prey

: a bird that hunts and eats other animals

bird of prey

noun
plural birds of prey

Kids Definition of bird of prey

: a bird (as an owl) that feeds almost entirely on meat it hunts

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