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piscivorous

Line breaks: pis|civ¦or|ous
Pronunciation: /pɪˈsɪv(ə)rəs
 
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Definition of piscivorous in English:

adjective

Zoology
(Of an animal) feeding on fish.
Example sentences
  • As would be assumed with juvenile or young fish, some predation could occur from piscivorous birds.
  • The Yarra River is a large slow-moving stream that empties into the Caribbean Sea and contains many large piscivorous predators.
  • Those effects are exacerbated in piscivorous species, because of the tendency of PCBs to biomagnify at upper trophic levels.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin piscis 'fish' + -vorous.

Derivatives

piscivore

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Adult beluga sturgeon are mainly piscivores, swimming at middle depths and preying mostly on pelagic fish species.
  • As they mature, their foraging patterns shift and the fish become opportunistic piscivores.
  • Malapterurus electricus is a voracious piscivore, hunting and stunning its prey using its paralyzing electrical organ discharge.

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