Definition of predation
1 : the act of preying or plundering : depredation
2 : a mode of life in which food is primarily obtained by the killing and consuming of animals
Recent Examples of predation from the Web
Boechler said sea lion predation may have been a factor, but an assessment isn't completed.
At first, Mary loved the deer, but eventually the couple fenced 5 acres to protect the gardens from predation.
Even though the predation attempt failed, the researchers behind the report suggest that imitation may be an effective hunting strategy for margays.
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Origin and Etymology of predation
Middle English predacion, from Latin praedation-, praedatio, from praedari
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PREDATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of predation for English Language Learners
: the act of killing and eating other animals : the act of preying on other animals
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