• (verb): Prey on or hunt for.
    Synonyms: raven, predate
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on 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 through ... 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 decaying ...
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 food to sustain life ... any predator and are perfectly capable of switching to alternative prey or even plant foods when any prey species becomes rare ... that human predators can never hunt prey to extinction immediately invalid ...
Eunectes Notaeus - Feeding
... The prey list analyzed and other evidence suggest E ... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... have not been known as yet to attack greater roadrunners for prey ... their hunting techniques in accordance with their prey ...

More definitions of "prey":

  • (noun): Animal hunted or caught for food.
    Synonyms: quarry
  • (verb): Profit from in an exploitatory manner.
    Synonyms: feed
  • (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:

    The way of Providence is a little rude. The habit of the snake and spider, the snap of the tiger and other leapers and bloody jumpers, the crackle of the bones of his prey in the coil of the anaconda,—these are in the system, and our habits like theirs. You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughter-house is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity, expensive races,—race living at the expense of race.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    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.)

    How insupportable would be the days, if the night with its dews and darkness did not come to restore the drooping world. As the shades begin to gather around us, our primeval instincts are aroused, and we steal forth from our lairs, like the inhabitants of the jungle, in search of those silent and brooding thoughts which are the natural prey of the intellect.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)