PREY, noun [Latin proeda.]
1. Spoil; booty; plunder; goods taken by force from an enemy in war.
And they brought the captives and the prey and the spoil to Moses and Eleazar the priest. Numbers 31:11.
In this passage, the captives are distinguished from prey But sometimes persons are included.
They [Judah] shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies. 2 Kings 21:14.
2. That which is seized or may be seized by violence to be devoured; ravine. The eagle and the hawk dart upon their prey
She sees herself the monster's prey
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey Job 4:11.
3. Ravage; depredation.
Hog in sloth, fox in stealth, lion in prey
Animal or beast of prey is a carnivorous animal; one that feeds on the flesh of other animals. The word is applied to the larger animals, as lions, tigers, hawks, vultures, etc. rather than to insects; yet an insect feeding on other insects may be called an animal of prey
PREY, verb intransitive To prey on or upon, is to rob; to plunder; to pillage.
1. To feed by violence, or to seize and devour. The wolf preys on sheep; the hawk preys on chickens.
2. To corrode; to waste gradually; to cause to pine away. Grief preys on the body and spirits; envy and jealousy prey on the health.
Language is too faint to show
His rage of love; it preys upon his life;
He pines, he sickens, he despairs, he dies.