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bird of prey

n. pl. birds of prey
Any of various carnivorous birds, such as eagles, hawks, and vultures, that hunt animals for food or feed on carrion.

bird of prey

n
(Zoology) 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.

bird′ of prey′


n.
any of the carnivorous birds that seize and fly off with their prey, as an owl or hawk; raptor.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bird of prey - any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animalsbird of prey - any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Accipitriformes, order Accipitriformes - in some classifications an alternative name for the Falconiformes
hawk - diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
bird of Jove, eagle - any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
vulture - any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion
Sagittarius serpentarius, secretary bird - large long-legged African bird of prey that feeds on reptiles
bird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes

bird of prey

noun
Related words
adjective raptorial
see birds of prey
Translations
dravec
rovfugl
petolintu
ptica grabljivica
ragadozó madár
猛禽
맹금
rovfågel
นกล่าสัตว์หรือนกเล็กๆ เป็นอาหาร
chim săn mồi

bird of prey

n(uccello) rapace m

bird of prey

طَيْر جارِح dravec rovfugl Raubvogel αρπακτικό ave rapaz petolintu rapace ptica grabljivica rapace 猛禽 맹금 roofvogel rovfugl ptak drapieżny ave de rapina хищная птица rovfågel นกล่าสัตว์หรือนกเล็กๆ เป็นอาหาร yırtıcı kuş chim săn mồi 猛禽
References in classic literature ?
If I cannot help you I SHALL die; but, to enable me to help you, you must flee like a bird out of the nest where these owls, these birds of prey, are seeking to peck you to death.
The prince had that clear and keen look which distinguishes birds of prey of the noble species; his physiognomy itself presented several distinct traits of this resemblance.
He shut me up in a large case and ordered his executioner to carry me into a desert place, to cut off my head, and then to abandon my body to the birds of prey.
Joe, by the aid of his keen sight, which he did not fail to use continually, noticed some flocks of birds of prey flitting about the horizon.
I owned "that the HOUYHNHNMS among us, whom we called horses, were the most generous and comely animals we had; that they excelled in strength and swiftness; and when they belonged to persons of quality, were employed in travelling, racing, or drawing chariots; they were treated with much kindness and care, till they fell into diseases, or became foundered in the feet; but then they were sold, and used to all kind of drudgery till they died; after which their skins were stripped, and sold for what they were worth, and their bodies left to be devoured by dogs and birds of prey.
The noted Sea of Galilee, where Roman fleets once rode at anchor and the disciples of the Saviour sailed in their ships, was long ago deserted by the devotees of war and commerce, and its borders are a silent wilderness; Capernaum is a shapeless ruin; Magdala is the home of beggared Arabs; Bethsaida and Chorazin have vanished from the earth, and the "desert places" round about them where thousands of men once listened to the Saviour's voice and ate the miraculous bread, sleep in the hush of a solitude that is inhabited only by birds of prey and skulking foxes.
Birds of prey hovered here and there in the shadows, or fled from their nests on the top of the rocks.
Defarge had but sprung over a railing and a table, and folded the miserable wretch in a deadly embrace--Madame Defarge had but followed and turned her hand in one of the ropes with which he was tied--The Vengeance and Jacques Three were not yet up with them, and the men at the windows had not yet swooped into the Hall, like birds of prey from their high perches--when the cry seemed to go up, all over the city, "Bring him out
Fortunately for the daroga, a corpse, half-eaten by the birds of prey, was found on the shore of the Caspian Sea, and was taken for Erik's body, because the daroga's friends had dressed the remains in clothing that belonged to Erik.
Beauty by itself attracts the desires of all who behold it, and the royal eagles and birds of towering flight stoop on it as on a dainty lure; but if beauty be accompanied by want and penury, then the ravens and the kites and other birds of prey assail it, and she who stands firm against such attacks well deserves to be called the crown of her husband.
But the wolves and birds of prey have long since torn Ulysses to pieces, or the fishes of the sea have eaten him, and his bones are lying buried deep in sand upon some foreign shore; he is dead and gone, and a bad business it is for all his friends--for me especially; go where I may I shall never find so good a master, not even if I were to go home to my mother and father where I was bred and born.
But Hector answered, "Ajax, braggart and false of tongue, would that I were as sure of being son for evermore to aegis-bearing Jove, with Queen Juno for my mother, and of being held in like honour with Minerva and Apollo, as I am that this day is big with the destruction of the Achaeans; and you shall fall among them if you dare abide my spear; it shall rend your fair body and bid you glut our hounds and birds of prey with your fat and your flesh, as you fall by the ships of the Achaeans.