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Steal from, typically using force; plunder.‘many types of predators depredate bird nests’‘wandering flocks of pigeons depredating barley crops’
pillage, loot, rob, raid, ransack, strip, fleece, ravage, lay waste, devastate, maraud, sack, rapeView synonyms
- ‘Many types of predators depredate bird nests and thus potentially influence the spatial distribution of their prey.’
- ‘It has been reported that martens can depredate up to 100% of the local population of pied flycatchers breeding in nest-boxes in Latvia.’
- ‘Winter, using clay eggs in artificial nests, inferred that midsized predators do not depredate nests farther than 60 metres from edges in tall-grass prairie.’
- ‘On Triangle Island, bald eagles are known to depredate tufted puffins.’
- ‘The number of eggs depredated by ghost crabs was estimated by counting those eggs that had a small circular section of the eggshell removed.’
- ‘Various raptor species formed the next most common group, depredating seven nests, all with nestlings.’
- ‘Chief among the amendments to the bill was a section creating a permit that would allow a landowner to kill antlerless white-tailed deer believed to be depredating crops.’
- ‘Each year, many groups failed to produce offspring or the offspring were depredated prior to sampling.’
- ‘First, the rate at which eggs were depredated was analyzed with survival (or failure time) analysis.’
- ‘Dease's journal provides accounts of wandering flocks of pigeons depredating barley crops at Fort Simpson, far to the north of their known breeding range.’
- ‘In those broods that were not depredated, nestling survival was high.’
- ‘A federal permit is not required to kill a bird when it depredates a crop’
- ‘Do southern flying squirrels frequently depredate songbird nests in other areas?’
- ‘If eggs hatched and were then depredated within three days, failure may have been incorrectly assigned to the incubation stage.’
- ‘As a result, the species that most frequently depredate nests vary among studies.’
- ‘Because egg predation is high during laying, many eggs may have been depredated before we found them, especially the first and second eggs of a clutch.’
Early 17th century: from Latin depraedat- plundered, from the verb depraedari.
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