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[ruh-pey-shuh s] /rəˈpeɪ ʃəs/

given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate:
a rapacious disposition.
(of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious.
practising pillage or rapine
greedy or grasping
(of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey

1650s, from Latin rapaci-, stem of rapax “grasping,” itself from stem of rapere “to seize” (see rapacity) + -ous. Related: Rapaciously; rapaciousness.


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