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predacious

or (especially Biology) predaceous

[pri-dey-shuh s] /prɪˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
predatory; rapacious.
Origin of predacious
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 from the Web for predacious
Historical Examples
  • Of these, 2.23 per cent are the predacious ground beetles (Carabid), generally considered useful.

  • Indeed, its predacious habits unfit it for associating with its kind.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • They cared very little about defending a state of things which their predacious instincts led them, on the contrary, to attack.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • The sea-leopard, the only predacious member of the seal family, has an elongated agile body and a large head with massive jaws.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • It is probably because these insects are mostly nocturnal and predacious that they do not present more vivid hues.

  • He began to introduce domesticated animals, and that meant a thinning of the ranks of predacious creatures.

  • The principal obstacles to this are snow and predacious animals.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • The predacious instinct and the combative instinct weigh down and disfigure our economic development.

  • Coyotes of several species occur in Mexico and though not generally regarded as aggressive animals are of a predacious nature.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • Let us yet further imagine that this predacious species is swifter than our animal, on which it preys.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
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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Word Origin and History for predacious
adj.

also predaceous, 1713, from stem of predation (Latin praedari) + -acious.

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