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bird of prey

any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.
Origin of bird of prey
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Who call from the sunrise a bird-of-prey, from a land far-off the Man of My counsel.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
  • bird-of-prey here has been thought to have reference to the eagle, which was the standard of Cyrus.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
British Dictionary definitions for bird-of-prey

bird of prey

a bird, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl, that hunts and kills other animals, esp vertebrates, for food. It has strong talons and a sharp hooked bill related adjective raptorial
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