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View synonyms for predacious

predacious

[ pri-dey-shuhs ]

adjective



predacious

/ prɪˈdeɪʃəs; prɪˈdæsɪtɪ /

adjective

  1. (of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
  2. preying on others


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Derived Forms

  • preˈdaciousness, noun
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Other Words From

  • pre·dacious·ness pre·dac·i·ty [pri-, das, -i-tee]; especially Biology, pre·daceous·ness noun
  • unpre·daceous adjective
  • unpre·daceous·ly adverb
  • unpre·daceous·ness noun
  • unpre·dacious adjective
  • unpre·dacious·ly adverb
  • unpre·dacious·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of predacious1

First recorded in 1705–15; pred(atory) + -acious
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Word History and Origins

Origin of predacious1

C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory
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Example Sentences

The sea-leopard, the only predacious member of the seal family, has an elongated agile body and a large head with massive jaws.

Thus was a graminivorous animal nurtured by a carnivorous and predacious one!

Those warlike and predacious Indians would not keep the peace, nor would they allow other people to do so.

Among animals, the Orthoceratites led a predacious life in the Silurian seas.

Bugs are all injurious to man, excepting such as are predacious, which are serviceable by destroying other insects.

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