pre·​da·​ceous | \ pri-ˈdā-shəs How to pronounce predaceous (audio) \
variants: or predacious

Definition of predaceous

1 : living by preying on other animals : predatory
2 usually predacious : tending to devour or despoil : rapacious

Other Words from predaceous

predaceousness noun
predacity \ pri-​ˈda-​sə-​tē How to pronounce predaceous (audio) \ noun

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the predaceous animals of the jungle, with the tiger at the top of the food chain
Recent Examples on the Web Various species of aquatic insects, such as the predaceous diving beetle, use bubbles for breathing underwater. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2021 Early in the season, these mites are pollen feeders, then become predaceous as more prey develops, according to 2012 research at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, 15 June 2018 Even though Coronodon is only known from a skull, that fossil reveals a mammal that mixed the features of earlier, more predaceous whales and the baleen whales that would follow. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, 10 July 2017 The best paleontologists can do is try to reconstruct the details of their habitat and gauge the predaceous powers of these crocs. Brian Switek, WIRED, 19 Sep. 2012

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First Known Use of predaceous

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for predaceous

Latin praedari to prey upon (from praeda prey) + English -aceous or -acious (as in rapacious) — more at prey entry 2

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“Predaceous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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