- depredation; plundering.
- act of plundering or robbing.
- predatory behavior.
- a relation between animals in which one organism captures and feeds on others.
Origin of predation
Examples from the Web for predation
Starvation, disease, war, and predation were common threats for a majority of our evolutionary history.How Depression Could Save Your Life
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WGA is classified as a lectin—a term for a protein produced by an organism to protect itself from predation.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
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This “double whammy” of predation and competition enables jellyfish to cripple a food chain by essentially nibbling at its ankles.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault
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Such small rodents constitute another potential source of predation.
Nesting failure resulted from severe weather, predation, parasitism by cowbirds, and human interference.
Freedom from the pressure of predation probably exerts a direct influence on formation of species.
Thus, before the advent of man the factor of predation may not have been of great consequence.
The absence of the pressure of predation should remove a certain amount of control on the population turn-over.
- a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)
Word Origin and History for predation
late 15c., "act of plundering or pillaging," from Latin praedationem (nominative praedatio) "a plundering, act of taking booty," from praedari "to rob, to plunder," from praeda "plunder, booty, prey" (see prey (n.)). Zoological sense recorded from 1907.