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1Relating to or denoting an animal or animals preying naturally on others.‘predatory birds’
predacious, carnivorous, hunting, raptorial, raveningView synonyms
- ‘Such substances generally are highest in older, larger, and more predatory fish or marine mammals.’
- ‘The leafcutter ants are accountable for 25 per cent of all leaf destruction in the South American rainforests, and predatory ants eat more insects than all other animals put together.’
- ‘But predatory birds attack from above, relying on their excellent vision to sight prey during daylight.’
- ‘Adam and his team of falconers use predatory birds like gyrfalcons, eagles, and peregrine falcons to clear the air.’
- ‘Experts believe the extinct birds were meat-eaters because their beaks resemble those of predatory eagles and scavenging vultures.’
- ‘Now a recent study suggests that one creature - with a bite that may rival that of most predatory mammals - may have been sorely misjudged.’
- ‘Scientists still aren't clear, for example, whether the birds hunted in packs like velociraptors or individually like large predatory cats.’
- ‘Several strains and species of predatory nematodes are produced and sold.’
- ‘Previous studies indicate that expanded brain volume in predatory mammals leaves less room for jaw muscles.’
- ‘Large, predatory mammals form a guild in which competition is expected to be relatively intense.’
- ‘The predatory species therefore also have short life spans.’
- ‘Mammals and birds in particular developed new forms, whether as fast-running herbivores, large predatory mammals and birds, or small quick birds and rodents.’
- ‘If predatory birds expect their prey to fall to the ground, Schmitz and Auliya's argument runs, they would be unlikely to notice a lizard still hanging from a branch.’
- ‘Visibility and distribution of prey and predatory sharks may correlate with water depth.’
- ‘Effective defense against newly encountered predatory species is clearly one factor that could facilitate establishment of an introduced species.’
- ‘Mercury then enters the aquatic food chain, becoming more concentrated in higher-level predatory fish.’
- ‘It was probably a bipedal animal, probably predatory, and probably the size of a large dog.’
- ‘We also found that one particularly aggressive predatory ant species tended to attack bugs carrying eggs, and gangs of these ants could succeed in killing them.’
- ‘But those predatory insects that locate prey through chemical sensing are not deterred.’
- ‘When large fish were excluded, predatory insects and fish fry were freed from predation and more effectively controlled chironomid populations feeding on algae.’
2Seeking to exploit or oppress others.‘a life destroyed by predatory biographers and yellow journalists’
exploitative, wolfish, rapacious, greedy, acquisitive, avaricious, vulturineView synonyms
- ‘Describing himself as one of the ‘new princes of corporate feudalism,’ the CEO is corrupt, predatory and greedy.’
- ‘Unfortunately, predatory adults are already using the recent disaster to exploit these imperiled children.’
- ‘I mean, there have been cases of predatory females seeking out young, teenage boys to have their wicked way with…’
- ‘The bill also significantly improves protection for society's most vulnerable groups against exploitation by predatory sexual offenders.’
- ‘Like Pabst's Lulu (but unlike American cinema's predatory noir females), Stasha ignores money and seeks no economic goal.’
- ‘Belinda Hoare, of Home and Away, portrays the extraordinary lead character, Miss Julie a fallen, desperate, sexually predatory heiress seeking to be saved by love.’
Late 16th century (in the sense relating to plundering): from Latin praedatorius, from praedator plunderer (see predator).
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