(Of an animal) predatory: predacious insects
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- With no parental care the eggs are vulnerable to predators such as cray fish, predacious insects and small fish.
- Similarly, the tiny water flea develops a large protective ‘helmet’ when predaceous larvae of the Chaoborus fly are present in the water nearby.
- The study of mongoose prey-killing techniques points to a highly efficient killing bite used on vertebrate prey, even in the least predaceous species.
early 18th century: from Latin praeda 'booty' + -acious.
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- The company didn't pursue market dominance via product excellence, but through predaciousness and intimidation.
Definition of predacious in:
- The US English dictionary