Origin of prey
OTHER WORDS FROM preypreyer, nounun·prey·ing, adjective
How to use prey in a sentence
Bill, of course, is in the latter stages of Hep V—an AIDS-like virus that preys on vampires.'True Blood' Ends With a Whimper: The Sexy HBO Vampire Series Is (Finally) Over|Marlow Stern|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Putin preys on the fact that the West thinks money and sport are neutral, or at least civilizing influences.
This one is ugly for sure, a resistant-to-almost-everything bacteria that preys on the hospitalized patient.Why I’m Not Worried About Dying From a Superbug, and You Shouldn’t Be, Either|Kent Sepkowitz|March 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Then there was the accusation by Kyle that she “preys on the weak.”‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump Dishes|Nicole LaPorte|February 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
These two men helped create the payday loan business that preys on the poorest Americans.
Every one of us preys upon his Neighbour, and yet we herd together.The Beggar's Opera|John Gay
The Mantis-killing Tachytes, for instance, preys indiscriminately upon all the Mantides that occur in her neighbourhood.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
Everything preys on something else—you prey on the animals you eat, and the folk you make fools of on the Stock Exchange.The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson
The Puccinia gramienis, "preys upon the juices of plants, and prevents the grain from swelling."
It is a powerful bird that preys upon the smaller Gulls, eating both the eggs and young.Western Bird Guide|Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed, Harry F. Harvey, and Rex I. Brasher