One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person or thing that makes depredations, especially a predatory animal.
- ‘Seeing the boy scudding away at such a rapid pace, he very naturally concluded him to be the depredator.’
- ‘The depredators were, however, stunned with the courageous defiance by the Queen's soldiers.’
- ‘His uneasiness when the whip was used, testified by clamorous complaints, made the whole scene so amusing that the depredators were allowed to depart without a word of remonstrance.’
- ‘The stone passage was built on a fairly level bit of ground, close to some great loose rocks under which the feline depredator was probably hiding at the time.’
- ‘Also, they have quite a reputation as a depredator of quail, chicken, and turkey eggs.’
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