predation

[ pri-dey-shuh n ]
/ prɪˈdeɪ ʃən /

noun

depredation; plundering.
act of plundering or robbing.
predatory behavior.
a relation between animals in which one organism captures and feeds on others.

Origin of predation

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praedātiōn- (stem of praedātiō) a taking of booty, plundering, equivalent to praedāt(us), past participle of praedārī to plunder, catch (see predator) + -iōn-
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predation

/ (prɪˈdeɪʃən) /

noun

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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