bird of prey

noun phrase

: 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

Examples of bird of prey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bradley Iger The Tourbillon's oval-ish profile forms a similar shape to that of a bird of prey. Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 20 June 2024 This program will take attendees into a deep dive to understanding the characteristics that classify birds of prey. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2024 At the heart of the mysteries of the Vedas, revealed by the people of India, lies the Altar of Fire: a sacrificial construct made from bricks laid down in precise mathematical proportions to form the shape of a huge bird of prey—an eagle, or a hawk, perhaps. Benjamín Labatut, Harper's Magazine, 22 May 2024 The trailer depicts how Eric, all Post Malone tattoos and 2014 rap-rock vibes, transformed into a vengeful bird of prey. Zoe Guy, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bird of prey 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Bird of prey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bird of prey

: a meat-eating bird (as a hawk) that feeds partly or completely on the animals it hunts

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