beast of prey

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beast of prey

n
(Zoology) any animal that hunts other animals for food
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Antelope and zebra fell to the boy's spear, or were dragged down by the two powerful beasts of prey who leaped upon them from some overhanging limb or from the ambush of the undergrowth beside the trail to the water hole or the ford.
He was pursued by beasts of prey, struck at by deadly snakes.
I had plenty of ammunition, an automatic pistol and a heavy rifle--the latter one of twenty added to our equipment on the strength of Bowen's description of the huge beasts of prey which ravaged Caspak.
I had depended most, however, upon our fire, feeling that none of the dangerous nocturnal beasts of prey would venture close to the flames.
Clayton's first thought was to arrange a sleeping shelter for the night; something which might serve to protect them from prowling beasts of prey.
As their strength returned the two men constructed a rude shelter in the branches of a tree, high enough from the ground to insure safety from the larger beasts of prey.
It was a strange experience; the almost noiseless passage of naked human feet and padded paws; the golden walls splashed with precious stones; the dim light cast by the tiny radium bulbs set at considerable distances along the roof; the huge, maned beasts of prey crowding with low growls about us; the mighty green warrior towering high above us all; myself crowned with the priceless diadem of a Holy Thern; and leading the procession the beautiful girl, Thuvia.
George Washington, American first president, hero of its war of independence and one of the founding fathers of USA wrote in 1783 that "the gradual extension of our settlements will as certainly cause the savage, as the wolf to retire; both being beasts of prey, tho' they differ in shape".
The two we see most are likened to beasts of prey, waiting to pounce on their terrified or pathetically vulnerable victims.
6) As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air.
As it turned out, however, we pointed to the cunning of the ape and the ferocity of the tiger, and defined fitness to survive as the possession of such qualities as characterize the more spectacular beasts of prey.
None of the villagers was prepared for the shocking event that occurred on that dreadful day the spoilers descended upon them, looking for all the world like monstrous beasts of prey, on their huge belching machines.