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pre·da·ceous

also pre·da·cious  (prĭ-dā′shəs)
adj.
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.
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predacious

(prɪˈdeɪʃəs) or

predaceous

adj
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
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pre•da•cious

(prɪˈdeɪ ʃəs)

adj.
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.
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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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References in classic literature ?
The recent rencontre showed them that they were now in a land of danger, subject to the wide roamings of a predacious tribe; nor, in fact, had they gone many miles before they beheld sights calculated to inspire anxiety and alarm.
It was an area where you grew up with the mentality that you had to go and take stuff and I was predacious due to a lack of education.
According to our study, trap devices are not important to attract the nematode (Field and Webster, 1977; Jansson and Nordbring-Hertz, 1979) but are key weapons to capture and infect nematodes when fungi switch from the saprophytic to predacious phase (Yang et al., 2011).
If 2017 began with women marching for their daughters and ended with a tidal wave of female rage directed at predacious men, perhaps 2018 should be the year women resolve to go after what we want and deserve - simply for us.
Long hours on the bank have taught him the difference between the tap-tap of an enquiring eel on the end of his line and the thump and head shake of a predacious pike.
Stanley-Samuelson, "Arachidonic and eicosapentaenoic acids in tissue lipids of two species of predacious insects, Cicindela circumpicta and Asilis sp.," Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology --Part B: Biochemistry and, vol.
This is not to say that indoctrination by predacious martyr-operation architects does not convince a few to voluntarily obliterate themselves for God as their goal in life.
Also, large predacious ciliates (haptorians) can reduce the abundance of small metazoans, such as rotifers (Noges et al., 2016).
Effects of Margosan-O[TM] and RD9-Repelin[R] on spiders, and on predacious and phytophagous mites.