• (verb): Profit from in an exploitatory manner.
    Synonyms: feed
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on prey:

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 ... The octopuses will often concentrate their drill holes near the adductor muscles of the bivalve prey ...
Eunectes Notaeus - Feeding
... The prey list analyzed and other evidence suggest E ... dried 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 ...
Pleistocene Extinctions - Hunting Hypothesis - Arguments Regarding The Hunting Hypothesis
... 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 ... of any predator and are perfectly capable of switching to alternative prey or even plant foods when any prey species becomes rare ... numerous species to extinction, which renders any argument that human predators can never hunt prey to extinction immediately invalid ...
... 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 ... 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 ...
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 ... about the Road Runner, coyotes have not been known as yet to attack greater roadrunners for prey ... Coyotes shift their hunting techniques in accordance with their prey ...

More definitions of "prey":

  • (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
  • (noun): Animal hunted or caught for food.
    Synonyms: quarry

Famous quotes containing the word prey:

    Thoughts, like old vultures, prey upon their heart-strings,
    Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

    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)

    ...I delivered the poor who cried, and the orphan who had no helper. The blessing of the wretched came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger. I broke the fangs of the unrighteous, and made them drop their prey from their teeth.
    Bible: Hebrew, Job 29:12-17.

    Job, recounting his faithfulness.