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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ra·pa·cious /rəˈpeʃəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ra·pa·cious a.
 1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force. The downfall of the rapacious and licentious Knights Templar.”
 2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird.
 3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite.
    [Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim   --Milton.
 Syn: -- Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious.
 -- Ra*pa*cious*ly, adv. -- Ra*pa*cious*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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, raptorial, ravening,
              vulturine, vulturous]
      2: excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on
         the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to
         voracious governments" [syn: ravening, voracious]
      3: devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious
         vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves";
         "voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, ravening,
          ravenous, voracious, wolfish]