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predacious

[pri-dey-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. predatory; rapacious.
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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
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Related Words

rapacitypredacitypredationpredatism

British Dictionary definitions for predacity

predacious

predaceous

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

Word Origin

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

predacious

adj.

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

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