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also pre·da·cious  (prĭ-dā′shəs)
1. Living by seizing or taking prey; predatory.
2. Given to victimizing, plundering, or destroying for one's own gain.

[From Latin praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]

pre·dac′i·ty (-dăs′ĭ-tē) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.predaceous - hunting and killing other animals for food
carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
2.predaceous - living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain; "predatory capitalists"; "a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott; "a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"
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As regards the biology of the genera newly recorded here, Coenosia adults prey on other insects, both at the larval and adult stages; Pseudohelina larvae occur in decaying vegetables and fruit, in which they are predaceous feeders; Hebecnema larvae are predators in ungulate dung (Skidmore 1985).
Schools of anchovies are ravaged by nearly all larger predaceous fish, from juvenile snook and barracuda less than a foot long, to 6-foot sandbar sharks and tarpon.
Sauger (Sander canadensis) is a large predaceous percid fish species that lives in fresh water and is largely associated with cool temperate climates in North America.
included crab (or flower) spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae), flower bugs (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae), green lacewing larvae (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), predaceous fly larvae (Diptera), and parasitic wasp larvae (evident as light-colored mummified aphids, Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae), and although not quantified, these instances of predation were uncommon.
Toxicity of bifenazate and its principal active metabolite, diazene, to Tetranychus urticae and Panonychus citri and their relative toxicity to the predaceous mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis and Neoseiulus californicus.
Predaceous arthropods, such as ladybeetles, syrphid flies, lacewings, and spiders, feed on ACP, as does a parasitoid (Tamarixia radiata) from Asia.
Members of the Orthoptera are primarily herbivorous; however, some are omnivorous while others are predaceous.
Encouragingly, many California citrus growers have incorporated biological control (biocontrol) -- the use of predaceous, parasitic or pathogenic organisms -- into their IPM programs.
Vision is clearly important to these quarter-inch animals, which can be "very predaceous and aggressive," when love is in the air.