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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: praedatorius, from praedari 'to seize and take away', from praeda 'stolen things'

predatory

adjective
     
pred‧a‧to‧ry
1HBA a predatory animal kills and eats other animals for food
2 trying to use someone's weakness to get advantages for yourself - used to show disapproval:
predatory pricing
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