Definition of Bird of prey

1. Noun. Any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals.

Definition of Bird of prey

1. Noun. A carnivorous bird that hunts for its food, especially one that preys on vertebrates. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bird Of Prey

bird fancier
bird flu
bird food
bird genus
bird in the bosom
bird in the hand
bird louse
bird of Jove
bird of Juno
bird of Minerva
bird of night
bird of one's own brain
bird of prey (current term)
bird pepper
bird sanctuary
bird shot
bird shot retinochoroiditis
bird song
bird strike
bird strikes
bird table
bird tables
bird unit
bird vetch
bird watcher
bird watchers
bird watching

Literary usage of Bird of prey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1908)
"THE bird of prey BROUGHT DOWN. COLD on the shore, in the raw cold of that leaden crisis in the four-and-twenty hours when the vital ..."

2. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"destructive bird of prey of Europe. It continues all the year in the forests; falls on its prey from the tops of trees, &c., and destroys much game. ..."

3. The Nineteenth Century (1890)
"One feels that they are sure of victory, and one sees the anger of the bird of prey. In such circumstances they perfectly support one another, ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1835)
"We should like to see & bird who was not a bird of prey. A swallow eats a fly and a hawk eats a swallow—the swallow with his last breath cursing the hawk ..."

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