from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various predatory carnivorous birds such as the eagle or hawk.

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  • n. A carnivorous bird that hunts for its food, especially one that preys on vertebrates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous carnivorous birds that hunt and kill other animals


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  • Gletkin's way of rapping out his questions in a rapid, pauseless sequence called to his mind the image of a bird of prey hacking at its victim with its beak.


  • (Heb. ayyah), a rapacious and keen-sighted bird of prey belonging to the hawk family.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • The viewscreen showed the farthest ships as silvery blips, but the Klingon bird of prey and the green-hued Orion cruiser loomed much larger.


  • Hiebermeyer had flown in by helicopter the night before from the Institute of Archaeology in Alexandria, like a bird of prey pouncing on its target, hoping that Jack would be looking ahead to the next project, having found the problems of excavating in Istanbul's harbour insurmountable.

    Crusader Gold


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