apex predator

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apex predator (plural apex predators)

  1. An animal atop the food chain, preying but not prey.
    • a. 2007, Martha Hiatt, quoted in, 2007, Wendell Jamieson, Father Knows Less, or, "Can I cook my sister?", Putnam, ISBN 9780399154423, page 203,
      Killer whales are the oceans' apex predators, which means they are at the top of the food chain.