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Synonyms for prey

quarry

prey on something or someone: hunt

prey on something or someone: worry

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one that is made to suffer injury, loss, or death

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a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

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animal hunted or caught for food

profit from in an exploitatory manner

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prey on or hunt for

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Buck multiplied himself, attacking from all sides, enveloping the herd in a whirlwind of menace, cutting out his victim as fast as it could rejoin its mates, wearing out the patience of creatures preyed upon, which is a lesser patience than that of creatures preying.
My pity for him now began to revive that affection which at first I really had for him, and I endeavoured sincerely, by all the kind carriage I could, to make up the breach; but, in short, it had gotten too great a head, it preyed upon his spirits, and it threw him into a long, lingering consumption, though it happened not to be mortal.
On rare occasions it flashed up passionately, as she did; but for the most part it was suppressed, like her, and preyed upon itself evenly and slowly.
After Silas had left the shop, hat-box in hand, and had left Mr Venus to lower himself to oblivion-point with the requisite weight of tea, it greatly preyed on his ingenuous mind that he had taken this artist into partnership at all.
Similarly, within prey species, larger predators preyed on larger individuals of a given species, but also exploited a wider selection of prey sizes than smaller moonsnails.
Both in our coastal area and pre-Andean areas, Harris' hawks preyed mainly upon fence degu rats (Octodon degus; 184 g), Bennett's chinchilla rat (Abrocoma bennetti; 219 g) and European rabbits (1,300 g).
The (i,j)th element of the matrix is taken 1 or 0 according as species i is preyed by species j (i.
Breeding pairs in group 1 preyed more frequently on mammals while those in group 2 preyed more frequently on amphibians.
The differences in the way thrips were preyed upon may suggest that the salticids can flexibly choose certain elements out of the available repertoire to maximize hunting success.
Medium and large Daphnia, however, may not have escaped detection, and accordingly, were preyed upon at a significantly higher rate.
However, British paleontologists had previously unearthed a spinosaur that appeared to have preyed upon or scavenged the remains of a juvenile Iguanodon, a herbivorous dinosaur.