noun, plural: predators
(ecology) An organism that preys upon other organisms.
In ecology, predators are those animals that live by preying on other organisms for food. Many predators hunt and eventually kill their prey, such as lion preying upon a buffalo, mantis eating a bee, baleen whale consuming millions of microscopic planktons, etc.
Word origin: Latin praedātor, pillager, from praedārī, to plunder
Related forms: predation (noun)