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prey / prā/ • n. an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food: the kestrel is ready to pounce on unsuspecting prey. ∎  a person or thing easily injured or taken advantage of: he was easy prey for the two con men. ∎  a person who is vulnerable to distressing emotions or beliefs: the settlers become prey to nameless fears. ∎  archaic plunder or (in biblical use) a prize. • v. [intr.] (prey on/upon) hunt and kill for food: small birds that prey on insect pests. ∎  take advantage of; exploit or injure: this is a mean type of theft by ruthless people preying on the elderly. ∎  cause constant trouble and distress to: the problem had begun to prey on my mind. PHRASES: fall prey to be hunted and killed by: small rodents fell prey to domestic cats. ∎  be vulnerable to or overcome by: he would often fall prey to melancholy. DERIVATIVES: prey·er n.

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prey that which is taken by violence; animal hunted or killed XIII; fig. victim XIV. ME. praie, preie — OF. preie (mod. proie):— L. præda booty, prob.:- *praiheda, f. prai, præ PRE- + *hed-, base of præhendere seize.
So prey vb. XIII. — OF. pre(i)er :- late L. prædāre, for earlier prædāri.

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prey

prey An animal that is a source of food for a predator. See predation.

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prey

prey See predation.

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prey

prey See PREDATION.

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prey See PREDATION.

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