feed on/upon

phrasal verb

fed on/upon; feeding on/upon; feeds on/upon
: to eat (something) as food
usually used of animals
Owls feed on insects, birds, and small mammals.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Stranger Things star previously shared the black-and-white shot to her own feed on April 11, along with some handy Taylor Swift lyrics as a caption. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 7 May 2023 But because the show likely picked up some new streaming viewers last season, retaining a live feed on Disney+ should allow for a smooth transition of consumers. Vulture, 2 May 2023 Then came tens of thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds that feed on the brine flies. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2023 The insect larvae feed on organic materials and the resulting frass, or excrement, produces a soil amendment rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2023 Whole food chains, from microorganism, crabs and small fish, on up to mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, marlin and sharks, can gather under and around them to feed on one another. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2023 Not only will the animal defend her nest but has grown very hungry and will seize the opportunity to feed on the survivors. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 5 Apr. 2023 Ivy files from Portland Park. – Jacki Dougan, OSU Extension Master Gardener Millipedes typically feed on already decaying material Q: Some of my ranunculus corms are rotten. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2023 More people are moving to areas with ticks and are interacting with animals (like deer and mice) that the ticks feed on, Chin-Hong said. Lauren M. Cuénant, ABC News, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Feed on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feed%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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