Meaning of “bird of prey” in the English Dictionary

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"bird of prey" in English

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bird of preynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɜːd əv ˈpreɪ/ us /ˌbɝːd əv ˈpreɪ/ plural birds of prey

Examples from literature

  • And the jackals and birds of prey came and passed the whole day eating it, until there was none left. 
  • It being now past midnight, the bird of prey went straight to roost. 
  • People also ate birds of prey, and only rejected those which fed on carrion. 
  • The Golden Eagle is California's noblest bird of prey. 
  • The carcass was there: and the birds of prey were gathered together. 

(Definition of “bird of prey” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bird of prey" in American English

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bird of preynoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɜrd əv ˈpreɪ/ plural birds of prey

a bird such as a hawk or an eagle that kills and eats small birds and animals

(Definition of “bird of prey” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)