[pri-dey-shuh s]
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Also especially Biology, pre·da·ceous.

Origin of predacious

First recorded in 1705–15; pred(atory) + -acious
Related formspre·da·cious·ness, pre·dac·i·ty [pri-das-i-tee] /prɪˈdæs ɪ ti/; especially Biology, pre·da·ceous·ness, nounun·pre·da·ceous, adjectiveun·pre·da·ceous·ly, adverbun·pre·da·ceous·ness, nounun·pre·da·cious, adjectiveun·pre·da·cious·ly, adverbun·pre·da·cious·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for predacity

rapacity, predacity, predation, predatism

British Dictionary definitions for predacity



  1. (of animals) habitually hunting and killing other animals for food
  2. preying on others
Derived Formspredaciousness, predaceousness or predacity (prɪˈdæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for predacious

C18: from Latin praeda plunder; compare predatory
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Word Origin and History for predacity



also predaceous, 1713, from stem of predation (Latin praedari) + -acious.

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