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Likely from the o-grade Proto-Italic *praiɣodā, from (with the prefix *prai-) Proto-Indo-European *gʰed-, whence also the second element in prehendō and probably also hedera.

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praeda f (genitive praedae); first declension

  1. plunder, booty, pillage, spoils of war, property taken in war
    Synonyms: manubia, rapīna
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 1.685-686:
      Vōs quoque, formīcae, subiectīs parcite grānīs:
      post messem praedae cōpia maior erit.
      And you too, ants, act sparingly once the seed has been sown;
      after harvest there will be a greater abundance of plunder.
  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

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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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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