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predacious

Syllabification: pre·da·cious
Pronunciation: /priˈdāSHəs
 
/
(also predaceous)

Definition of predacious in English:

adjective

(Of an animal) predatory: predacious insects
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 18th century: from Latin praeda 'booty' + -acious.

Derivatives

predaciousness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The company didn't pursue market dominance via product excellence, but through predaciousness and intimidation.

predacity

2
Pronunciation: /priˈdasətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, the country continued to descend deeper into fragmentation, general pauperism, and mutual predacity.

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