• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preyful Disposed to take prey. "The preyful brood of savage beasts."
    • Preyful Rich in prey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Barn Owls hearing is so highly developed that they can hunt for their prey in total darkness
    • preyful Prone to prey; savage.
    • preyful Having much prey; killing much game.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The platypus uses its bill to find animals that it feeds on. Its bill can sense the tiny electric fields that their preys emit
    • adj Preyful (Shak.) having a disposition to prey on others
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  • G. M. Trevelyan
    G. M. Trevelyan
    “Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom.”
  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “Half-starved spiders prey'd on half-starved flies.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
  • Ouida
    “Take hope from the heart of man and you make him a beast of prey.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. praie (Fr. proie)—L. præda, booty.


In literature:

The cat leaps upon its prey.
"Chambers's Elementary Science Readers" by Various
The "wandering" spiders never spin webs, but run actively about and pounce upon their prey with a tiger-like spring.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Had Say been permitted to fall a prey to her momentary excitement, everything would have been lost for Shotaye.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
But how often does the bird return without his prey!
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Those slice the flesh, and split the quivering prey, And tend the fires and set the cauldrons in array.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
And England and the English were the prey craved by both these herds of human wolves.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Dragon fly catches his prey while he is flying, and he grasps the insects with his feet.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Night animals do not go forth to travel and seek prey until the night is far advanced, and their prey is soundly sleeping.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
The apparatus by which his prey is captured cannot, however, be easily described.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
He is a beast of prey and seeks his food at night.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
And this was the fact, for high up and directly over the tree, a large bird of prey was seen circling in the air.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Should he fail to capture his prey at the first bound, the lion follows it no farther, but turns and trots away in an opposite direction.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
The sea-cow struggled bravely, but the beast of prey had got too firm a hold to let it escape.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Two hundred yards from the start he sighted his prey, a fork-horn buck grazing slowly along under the trees.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
Some beasts of prey were soon satisfied.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
He's mine as sure as that grave gives not back its prey.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
A powerful bird that preys upon the smaller Gulls and also devours the young and eggs of smaller birds.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Beauty, speed, and immunity from danger from birds of prey are theirs.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The door of the sheep-fold was open and the wolf was already upon his prey.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Ever his prey rustled among the leaves ahead, and in the hot chase he recked not of the forest depths into which he had plunged.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence

In poetry:

"Arise, dear Youth! even now the danger calls;
Even now the villain snuffs his wonted prey;
See! see!I lead thee to yon sacred walls—
Oh! fly to chase these human wolves away."
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
And on that great and dreadful day
When heaven and earth shall pass away,
Each soul to bliss He will convey,
That knows His name;
And give the giddy world a prey
To quenchless flame.
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
'Twas He, that kept thee from the prowling foe,
And watch'd thee carefully 'till break of day,
And suffer'd not his eyes repose to know,
Lest in thy sleep thou shou'dst become his prey.
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard
The teeth of drunkenness ne'er lose their hold,
But, like a lion's, strongly seize their prey,
'Till Christ shall come, that Lion truly bold!
To bruise his head, and snatch thy soul away.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Lurcone. I rapid too depart,
And on a swifter wing
Than through the cloudless air
Darts the keen eagle to his earthly prey.
Behold, I too return,
My beak with carnage filled, and talons full.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
Such, such is my soul, oh! my friend, oh! my brother,
Too great between virtue, and love is the strife,
Then I'll yield my best hopes at the feet of another,
And if I must love, it shall prey on my life.
"The Doubt" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Con artists often prey on heartstrings of senior citizens.
The 'sovereign citizen' movement preys on hopelessness .
Or that horses used to be hunted as prey.
He warns about 70 people gathered at Arizona State University's Memorial Union that they are prime targets for groups that tend to prey on university students.
Notarios known to prey on immigrants.
Bougainvilla occasionally fall prey to catepillars.
Administrative systems designed to streamline processes and provide the keys to better decision making might end up as "shelfware" if institutions fall prey to some common mistakes in large implementations.
CORPUS CHRISTI — We're all looking for bargains, but don't fall prey to online coupon sites that aren't giving what they promise.
In what looks like a scene straight out of an action movie, members of Maroon 5 play bank robbers who prey on Adam Levine's place of employment in a behind-the-scenes clip from the video shoot for 'Payphone' (via E Online).
While I do enjoy watching sharks on TV, I find their sometime-prey, dolphins, more interesting.
Felines choose to hunt alone to spot and then stalk their prey.
It requires patience, stealth, camouflage and an intimate knowledge of the prey's strengths and weaknesses.
Predation is defined as the act of catching prey for food.
They are our prey and our nesting materials.
A leopard shark falls from the sky onto a California golf course, likely dropped by a bird of prey.

In science:

In this case the success rate of attacks as well as the enounter rate increase linearly with the density of the prey population.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
E. Goles, O. Schulz, and M. Markus, Prime number selection of cycles in a predator-prey model, Complexity 6 (2001),33-38. J.
Pseudo Random test of prime numbers
The goal is for the hunters to locate and track the prey as quickly as possible.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
What is the best algorithm for the hunters to explore the graph and find the prey? The answer depends on many factors, such as the nature of the graph, whether the graph can change dynamically, how much is known about the graph, and how well the hunters can communicate and coordinate their actions.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
Combining 2MASS and SDSS photometry, however, can fall prey to variability, since the observations were taken at different times.
Stellar Locus Regression: Accurate Color Calibration, and the Real-time Determination of Galaxy Cluster Photometric Redshifts
This handling time is principally dependent on the total amount of captured prey, which we denote by the auxilliary vairable T .
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Further, the functions Cx and Cy can be used to introduce active prey switching.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Wollkind, D., Hastings, A., Logan, J.: Age structure in predator-prey systems. ii. functional response and stability and the paradox of enrichment.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
If the new species arises in a level l > 0, k species are chosen at random from the layer below as prey. A species never changes its prey after this initial choice. (ii) Extinction: At rate p, species in the first level l = 0 become extinct.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Any species in layer l = 1 and subsequently in higher levels, for which all preys have become extinct, also become extinct immediately.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
For k > 1, one obtains similar results, with τ = 2, and with an exponential tail in the lifetime distribution of species. A modification of the model, in which each species becomes extinct as soon as the first (of several) preys becomes extinct, is not critical [226].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Moreover, the replicator equations are intimately connected to the Lotka-Voltera equations describing predator-prey dynamics in theoretical ecology.
Stochastic evolutionary game dynamics
The suggestion in seems to be too simple, and certainly, it does not address in any way the deeper reasons why usual axiomatic theories in mathematics or physics fall prey to Goedel’s incompleteness theorem.
The predator cannot flourish for ever because a decreasing number of prey would lead to fewer interaction and would drive the predator towards extinction.
Lotka-Volterra dynamics under periodic influence
The hunting success of lions decline if the group size of prey is large Van Orsdol .
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence