predacious

[pri-dey-shuhs]
adjective
predatory; rapacious.
Also, especially Biology, predaceous.


Origin:
1705–15; pred(atory) + -acious

predaciousness, predacity [pri-das-i-tee] . especially Biology, predaceousness, noun
unpredaceous, adjective
unpredaceously, adverb
unpredaceousness, noun
unpredacious, adjective
unpredaciously, adverb
unpredaciousness, noun
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predacious or predaceous (prɪˈdeɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  (of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
2.  preying on others
 
[C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory]
 
predaceous or predaceous
 
adj
 
[C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory]
 
pre'daciousness or predaceous
 
n
 
pre'daceousness or predaceous
 
n
 
predacity or predaceous
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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