bird of prey
any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.
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- bird louse,
- bird of ill omen,
- bird of paradise,
- bird of passage,
- bird of peace,
- bird pepper,
- bird shot,
- bird spider,
- bird strike,
- bird table
Origin of bird of prey
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for bird of prey
Bird-of-prey here has been thought to have reference to the eagle, which was the standard of Cyrus.
Who call from the sunrise a Bird-of-prey, from a land far-off the Man of My counsel.
bird of prey
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 billRelated adjective: raptorial
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