predator

[ pred-uh-ter, -tawr ]
/ ˈprɛd ə tər, -ˌtɔr /

noun

Zoology. any organism that exists by preying upon other organisms.
a predatory person.

Nearby words

  1. predacity,
  2. predate,
  3. predation,
  4. predation pressure,
  5. predatism,
  6. predatory,
  7. predatory pricing,
  8. predawn,
  9. predecease,
  10. predecessor

Origin of predator

1920–25; < Latin praedātor plunderer, equivalent to praedā(rī) to plunder (derivative of praeda prey) + -tor -tor

Related formsan·ti·pred·a·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for predator

predator

/ (ˈprɛdətə) /

noun

any carnivorous animal
a predatory person or thing
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Word Origin and History for predator

predator

n.

1862, from Latin praedator "plunderer," from praedari "to rob" (see predation). Originally Predatores (Swainson, 1840) used of insects that ate other insects.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for predator

predator

[ prĕdə-tər ]

An animal that lives by capturing and eating other animals.
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