Pred"a*to*ry (?), a. [L. praedatorius, fr. praedari to plunder, fr. praeda prey. See Prey.]


Characterized by plundering; practicing rapine; plundering; pillaging; as, a predatory excursion; a predatory party.

"A predatory war."



Hungry; ravenous; as, predatory spirits.


Exercise . . . maketh the spirits more hot and predatory. Bacon.

3. Zool.

Living by preying upon other animals; carnivorous.


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