Predatory Pred"a*to*ry, a. [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See {Prey}.] 1. Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party. ``A predatory war.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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