bird of prey


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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 ?
He followed the sound, and at last came to a high tree, and at the top of this a little child was sitting, for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child, and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms, had flown down, snatched it away, and set it on the high tree.
He was a hook-nosed man, and with that and his bright eyes and his ruffled head, bore a certain likeness to a roused bird of prey.
He learned also that a bark had been seen far out at sea, and that, like a bird of prey, a royal vessel had pursued, overtaken, and devoured the poor little bird that was flying with such palpitating wings.
Or, better still," Adam went on, "the eyes of a bird of prey when he is following his instincts.
With his long beak-like nose and his single gleaming eye, which shone brightly from under a thick tuft of grizzled brow, he seemed to Alleyne to have something of the look of some fierce old bird of prey.
He arose and approached the edge of the canyon, and then, wheeling, with his face turned upward toward the circling bird of prey, he bellowed forth the challenge of the bull ape.
She had large black eyes and her nose was slightly aquiline; in profile she had somewhat the look of a bird of prey, but full face she was prepossessing.
With an eye keen as that of a bird of prey, -- with a long aquiline nose, a finely cut mouth, which he generally kept open, or rather which was gaping like the edges of a wound, -- this man would have presented to Lavater, if Lavater had lived at that time, a subject for physiognomical observations which at the first blush would not have been very favourable to the person in question.
The prince kept his gaze fixed in the direction of the sound with the steadfastness of a bird of prey.
It was something like the immobility of a bird of prey, who has just discovered a nest of sparrows, and is gazing at it.
In the first place she considered Rachel aesthetically; lying unprotected she looked somehow like a victim dropped from the claws of a bird of prey, but considered as a woman, a young woman of twenty-four, the sight gave rise to reflections.
As to myself, Copperfield, I give you my word, I felt a perfect bird of prey towards the family.