or predacious adjective Etymology: Latin praedari to prey upon (from praeda prey) + English -aceous or -acious (as in rapacious) — more at prey Date: 1713 1. living by preying on other animals ; predatory 2. (usually predacious) tending to devour or despoil ; rapaciouspredaceousness nounpredacity noun

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