: an organism that primarily obtains food by the killing and consuming of other organisms : an organism that lives by predation
- The threadworm is a tiny nematode; its manifold kin include human parasites such as the hookworm, although the lab species is no parasite but an abundant, free-living predator of soil bacteria.
- —Eleanor E. MacCoby
: an animal that preys on other animals
- In a new environment, with no predators, an exotic plant can theoretically run riot.
- With no large predators around, the koala rarely meets a violent end.
- —Denis Gray
- The picture that emerges from my research in a near-wilderness environment is that of the red fox as a specialized predator of small prey (insects, songbirds, small rodents, rabbits), with highly evolved and intriguing adaptations for this type of hunting …
- —J. David Henry
- Some spiders and caterpillars mimic bird droppings—an excellent strategy for deterring avian predators.
- —James Martin
: one who injures or exploits others for personal gain or profit
- Businessmen, he believed, were often predators …
- —Nathan Glick
— see also sexual predator
- Neighborhood predators found that setting a fire was an excellent distraction for robbery. The burned-out structure could then be looted at leisure …
- —Tom Buckley