Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of depredate in English:
Steal from, typically using force; plunder: many types of predators depredate bird nests wandering flocks of pigeons depredating barley crops
More example sentences
- A federal permit is not required to kill a bird when it depredates a crop
- 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.
Early 17th century: from Latin depraedat- 'plundered', from the verb depraedari.
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