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 for rapacious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rapacious \Ra*pa"cious\ (r[.a]*p[=a]"sh[u^]s), a. [L. rapax,
     -acis, from rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch away.
     See Rapid.]
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     1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by
        violence; seizing by force. " The downfall of the
        rapacious and licentious Knights Templar." --Motley.
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     2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals
        seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a
        rapacious bird.
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     3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy;
        ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious
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              [Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious
              claim                                 --Milton.
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     Syn: Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious.
          [1913 Webster] -- Ra*pa"cious*ly, adv. --
          Ra*pa"cious*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: living by preying on other animals especially by catching
             living prey; "a predatory bird"; "the rapacious wolf";
             "raptorial birds"; "ravening wolves"; "a vulturine taste
             for offal" [syn: predatory, rapacious, raptorial,
             ravening, vulturine, vulturous]
      2: excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on the
         prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious
         governments" [syn: rapacious, ravening, voracious]
      3: devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious
         vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves";
         "voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, rapacious,
         ravening, ravenous, voracious, wolfish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  73 Moby Thesaurus words for "rapacious":
     Apician, a hog for, acquisitive, all-devouring, all-engulfing,
     avaricious, avid, bloodsucking, bolting, bottomless, coveting,
     covetous, cramming, crapulent, crapulous, devouring, edacious,
     esurient, extortionate, ferocious, fierce, glutting, gluttonizing,
     gluttonous, gobbling, gorging, grabby, grasping, greedy, gulping,
     guttling, guzzling, hoggish, hyperphagic, insatiable, insatiate,
     intemperate, limitless, lupine, mercenary, miserly, money-hungry,
     money-mad, omnivorous, overgreedy, parasitic, piggish, polyphagic,
     predacious, predatory, quenchless, raptorial, ravening, ravenous,
     sharkish, slakeless, sordid, stuffing, swinish, unappeasable,
     unappeased, unquenchable, unsated, unsatisfied, unslakeable,
     unslaked, usurious, venal, voracious, vulturine, vulturous,
     wolfing, wolfish

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