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predacious

[pri-dey-shuh s] /prɪˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
predatory; rapacious.
Also, especially Biology, predaceous.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; pred(atory) + -acious
Related forms
predaciousness, predacity
[pri-das-i-tee] /prɪˈdæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA).
especially Biology, predaceousness, noun
unpredaceous, adjective
unpredaceously, adverb
unpredaceousness, noun
unpredacious, adjective
unpredaciously, adverb
unpredaciousness, noun
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Examples for predacious
  • Vernal pools also support several species of insects including predacious diving beetles and crawling water beetles.
  • In fact, almost all of the predacious fish species in the lake utilize alewives in their diet.
  • predacious copepods were not common in the wetlands.
British Dictionary definitions for predacious

predacious

/prɪˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
(of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
2.
preying on others
Derived Forms
predaciousness, predaceousness, predacity (prɪˈdæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory
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