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1. The capturing of prey for food.
2. The act of robbing, victimizing, or exploiting others.
[Middle English predacion, plundering, from Latin praedātiō, praedātiōn-, from praedātus, past participle of praedārī, to plunder; see predatory.]
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(Zoology) a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)
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1. the act of plundering or robbing; depredation.
2. predatory behavior.
3. Ecol. the capture and consumption of prey.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praedātiō=praedā(rī) to plunder, catch (see predator) + -tiō -tion]
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a relation between organisms or animals in which one feeds on the other. — predatory, adj.See also: Animals
the act or process of pillaging or plundering.See also: Theft
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|Noun||1.||predation - an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding|
|2.||predation - the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey|
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