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Meaning of bird of prey

bird' of prey'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous predacious, flesh-eating birds, as the eagles, hawks, kites, vultures, falcons, and owls, having a sharp, downwardly curved beak, talons, and, usually, soaring flight.
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