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

Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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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