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rapacious adj
1 living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf"; "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste for offal" [syn: predatory, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous]
2 excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious governments" [syn: ravening, voracious]
3 devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, ravening, ravenous, voracious, wolfish]

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English

Pronunciation

  • italbrac US /rəpeɪʃəs/

Adjective

  1. voracious; avaricious
    [Thy Lord] redeem thee from Death's rapacious claim - Milton
  2. given to taking by force or plundering
  3. subsisting off of live prey

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