predator

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

noun

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

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Origin of predator

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

OTHER WORDS FROM predator

an·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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Scientific definitions for predator

predator
[ prĕdə-tər ]

An animal that lives by capturing and eating other animals.
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