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Likely from the o-grade Proto-Italic *praexoda, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed-, whence also prehendō and hedera.

Alternative forms[edit]



praeda f (genitive praedae); first declension

  1. plunder, spoils of war, booty
  2. prey, game taken in the hunt
  3. gain, profit


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative praeda praedae
Genitive praedae praedārum
Dative praedae praedīs
Accusative praedam praedās
Ablative praedā praedīs
Vocative praeda praedae

Derived terms[edit]


  • Albanian: pre
  • Coptic: ⲫⲣⲉⲧⲁ (phreta)
  • Aromanian: pradã
  • Friulian: prede
  • Galician: prea
  • Italian: preda
  • Occitan: preda


Further reading[edit]

  • praeda in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praeda in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praeda in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • praeda in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to carry off booty: ferre atque agere praedam
  • praeda in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praeda in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin