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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.


(prɪˈdeɪʃəs) or


1. (Zoology) (of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
2. preying on others
[C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory]
preˈdaciousness, preˈdaceousness, predacity n


(prɪˈdeɪ ʃəs)

predatory; rapacious.
Also, esp. Biol.,pre•da′ceous.
[1705–15; pred (atory) + -acious]
pre•da′cious•ness, pre•dac′i•ty (-ˈdæs ɪ ti) ; esp. Biol., pre•da′ceous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.predacious - 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.predacious - 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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2011), which are distributed worldwide and are predacious in nature except Epilachninae which is phytophagous (Vandenberg, 2002).
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Effect of Solar Radiation and Predacious Microorganisms on Survival of Fecal and Other Bacteria.
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This is a relatively small but dense population of pupfish; therefore, it is unclear how, if at all, predacious diving beetles may negatively impact the stability of the pupfish population.
2001: Empirical assessment of indices of prey importance in the diets of predacious fish.