Etymology
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predation (n.)

late 15c., predacioun, "act of plundering or pillaging," from Latin praedationem (nominative praedatio) "a plundering, act of taking booty," from praedari "to rob, to plunder," from praeda "plunder, booty, prey" (see prey (n.)). Zoological sense recorded from 1907.

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Definitions of predation

predation (n.)
an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding;
Synonyms: depredation
predation (n.)
the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey;
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