Definition of predation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

predation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//prɪˈdeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈdeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable](specialist)
 
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the act of an animal killing and eating other animals Goldfish are particularly prone to predation by cats and birds such as herons. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the Latin sense): from Latin praedatio(n-) ‘taking of booty’, from the verb praedari ‘seize as plunder’, from praeda ‘booty’. The current main sense dates from the 1930s.
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