predation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n predation the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
    • n predation an act of plundering and pillaging and marauding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres
    • n Predation The act of pillaging.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen
    • n predation The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery; predatory incursion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only predator that polar bears have are humans
    • n Predation the act of plundering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praedatio, fr. praedari, to plunder
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præda, booty.

Usage

In literature:

They clucked and cackled like a bunch of biddy hens which had been surprised by a predator's invasion of the hen house.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
It may have predated this place, they think, by another thousand years.
"The Secret Places of the Heart" by H. G. Wells
By the Universal Motivator, these predators had eaten a hurkle apiece!
"The Asses of Balaam" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Fools reviled them as predators and scavengers.
"Brown John's Body" by Winston Marks
But we are told we predate man.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
The loud, continuous song of the male during nestbuilding alerts cowbirds and predators to the presence of a nest.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
Predation upon grasshoppers, especially in summer and early autumn, benefits the farmer by helping to stabilize populations of grasshoppers.
"Food of the Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos Brehm, in South-central Kansas" by Dwight Platt
Young in the nest would seem to be especially susceptible to predation by the pilot black snake.
"Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana" by Henry S. Fitch
The origins of Far Eastern landscape gardens have been traced to an obscure Chinese legend which predates the Christian Era.
"Zen Culture" by Thomas Hoover
However, two such nests in cedars, that were checked repeatedly, were eventually destroyed by predators.
"The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation" by Henry S. Fitch
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In news:

And for another, whatever good information exists out there predates the popular explosion of the web and the all-knowing Google.
I didn't put list of predators in safe.
On the field, he is known as "The Predator.".
When Gerry Blair calls, predators listen and come running.
The Nashville Predators are not getting enough notice.
Bradenton Beach man netted in child predator sting.
Offense notably absent through first half of Predators' preseason.
What's Wrong With Predators Nowadays .
Needing to win three in a row, Predators focus on one at a time .
Overfishing of apex reef predator can have devastating effects on many of the world's reefs.
Predator drones have become the US weapon of choice in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Red Bay man joins Orlando Predators.
He will play for the Predators in the AFL.
Boy Scouts gave predators a pass.
A potential investor in the Nashville Predators says troubled financier William J "Boots" Del Biaggio III told him the NHL allowed Del Biaggio to bypass some of the league's strict financial background checks for prospective owners.
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In science:

The corresponding elasticity is approximately 1 in the linear regime, but asymptotically decreases to 0 as the predation rate approaches saturation. A similar comparison for the Holling type-III function is shown in Fig. 1.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Departing from the single species model, we introduce a predator Y whose growth is entirely dependent on X.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
As in the previous example, the αy can be interpreted as a characteristic time scale, now describing the predator population.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
In the predator-prey model, the Hopf bifurcation is found at sx = βdx + ¯β fx − αr (fy − my ), where αr = αy /αx is the turn-over rate of the predator measured in multiples of the turnover-rate of the prey.
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
Apart from the parameters β and fx , shown in Fig. 3C, the only other parameter that is not fixed to a specific value is the relative turnover of the predator αr = αy /αx .
Generalized modeling of ecological population dynamics
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