• (verb): Profit from in an exploitatory manner.
    Synonyms: feed
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on prey:

East Pacific Red Octopus - Diet and Foraging Behavior
... rubescens will pounce on prey and display a stereotypical sequence of color changes at the moment of capture ... Following the capture of bivalve prey, it will often drill a hole through the shell to deliver venom and more easily open the shell ... holes near the adductor muscles of the bivalve prey ...
... where a predator (an organism that is hunting) feeds on its prey (the organism that is attacked) ... Predators may or may not kill their prey prior to feeding on them, but the act of predation often results in the death of its prey and the eventual absorption of the prey's tissue ... For example, some parasitic species prey on a host organism and then lay their eggs on it for their offspring to feed on it while it continues to live or on its ...
Eunectes Notaeus - Feeding
... The prey list analyzed and other evidence suggest E ... when flooded areas have noticeably dried out, with wading birds being the most common prey ... They have also been known to prey on fish, turtles, small-sized caimans, lizards, birds' eggs, small mammals and fish carrion ...
Pleistocene Extinctions - Hunting Hypothesis - Arguments Regarding The Hunting Hypothesis
... The major objections to the theory are as follows In predator-prey models it is unlikely that predators could over-hunt their prey since predators need their prey as ... of any predator and are perfectly capable of switching to alternative prey or even plant foods when any prey species becomes rare ... species to extinction, which renders any argument that human predators can never hunt prey to extinction immediately invalid ...
Prairie Wolf - Ecology - Diet and Hunting
... This behavior is often reported when normal urban prey, such as brown rats, black rats and rabbits, has become scarce ... as yet to attack greater roadrunners for prey ... shift their hunting techniques in accordance with their prey ...

More definitions of "prey":

  • (noun): Animal hunted or caught for food.
    Synonyms: quarry
  • (noun): A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence.
    Example: "He fell prey to muggers"
    Synonyms: quarry, target, fair game

Famous quotes containing the word prey:

    A lioness, with udders all drawn dry,
    Lay couching, head on ground, with cat-like watch
    When that the sleeping man should stir; for ‘tis
    The royal disposition of that beast
    To prey on nothing that doth seem as dead.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    ...I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.
    Bible: Hebrew, Job 29:12-17.

    Job, recounting his faithfulness.

    Careless credulity makes them the prey of those they trusted; and then they repeat their
    mistake by suspecting all alike.
    Marcus Minucius Felix (2nd or 3rd cen. A.D.)