act of plundering or robbing.
a relation between animals in which one organism captures and feeds on others.
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How to use predation in a sentence
The nonprofit Wild Animal Initiative, for example, believes we should reduce all kinds of animal suffering, even, perhaps, suffering due to predation.
A similar process of political facsimile, this time mimicking QAnon’s tendency to baselessly allege sexual predation, is also occurring worldwide.
Flattening his alleged predation into SVU tropes steers us away from the question of why 17-year-olds make dating profiles for old men and put them online with cute selfies.Gaetz’s GOP Primed Young Women to Sell Sex to Men Like Him | Casey Thompson | May 31, 2021 | The Daily Beast
One of Darwin’s great insights was the idea that everyday events—small mutations, predation, competition—could slowly change species, given time.One Incredible Ocean Crossing May Have Made Human Evolution Possible | Nicholas R. Longrich | May 2, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Catnip probably didn’t evolve in response to predation from ancient mosquitoes or fruit flies, he says.Scientists may have finally found how catnip repels insects | Erin Garcia de Jesus | April 5, 2021 | Science News For Students
Starvation, disease, war, and predation were common threats for a majority of our evolutionary history.
WGA is classified as a lectin—a term for a protein produced by an organism to protect itself from predation.
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 | Lisa-ann Gershwin | June 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The whole thing combines a French disregard for sexual predation with our own culture of uptight sensationalism.
The transition from peace to predation therefore depends on the growth of technical knowledge and the use of tools.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
The conventions of the business world have grown up under the selective surveillance of this principle of predation or parasitism.The Theory of the Leisure Class | Thorstein Veblen
Young in the nest would seem to be especially susceptible to predation by the pilot black snake.Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana | Henry S. Fitch
Further verification of predation on mammals, reptiles and amphibians by this species is needed.Observations on the Mississippi Kite in Southwestern Kansas | Henry S. Fitch
In addition to known predation by mountain lions and coyotes on porcupines, the bobcat kills porcupines.Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado | Sydney Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for predation
a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)
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