bird of prey

noun
any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals
Syn: ↑raptor, ↑raptorial bird
Derivationally related forms: ↑raptorial (for: ↑raptor)
Hypernyms: ↑bird
Hyponyms:

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: any of various carnivorous birds that feed wholly or chiefly on meat taken by hunting as opposed to carrion and including most members of the orders Falconiformes and Strigiformes (as hawks, eagles, and owls)

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any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.
[1350-1400; ME]

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bird of prey noun
One that devours other animals, applied usu to the Falconiformes
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Main Entry:bird
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beast of prey and bird of prey see under ↑beast and ↑bird respectively.
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Main Entry:prey

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bird of prey UK US noun [countable] [singular bird of prey plural ˌbirds of ˈprey]
a bird that hunts and eats other animals
Thesaurus: types of birdshypernym species of birdhyponym

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bird of prey,
any one of a group of birds including eagles, hawks, owls, and vultures, that hunt animals and eat their flesh.

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n. a predatory bird, distinguished by a hooked bill and sharp talons; a raptor. Orders Falconiformes (the diurnal birds of prey) and Strigiformes (the owls)

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noun, pl birds of prey [count]
: a bird that hunts and eats other animals

eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey

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ˌbird of ˈprey [bird of prey] noun (pl. birds of prey)
a bird that hunts and kills other creatures for food. Eagles, ↑hawks and ↑owls are all birds of prey.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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