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predatory

Pronunciation: /ˈpredətɔːri; ˈpredətri/

Translation of predatory in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • [animal/insect] predador, depredador, predatorio; [lending] predatorio; [person] rapaz
    Example sentences
    • Mammals and birds in particular developed new forms, whether as fast-running herbivores, large predatory mammals and birds, or small quick birds and rodents.
    • But those predatory insects that locate prey through chemical sensing are not deterred.
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • I mean, there have been cases of predatory females seeking out young, teenage boys to have their wicked way with…
    • 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.
    • The bill also significantly improves protection for society's most vulnerable groups against exploitation by predatory sexual offenders.

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