PREY (O. Fr. preie, mod. proie, Lat. praeda, booty, from prae and the root hed seen in prehendere, prendere, to grasp), booty, spoil, plunder taken in war, by robbery, or other violent means; particularly the quarry, the animal killed for food by a carnivorous animal; a beast or bird of prey. A particular usage for that which is saved from any trial of strength or battle is familiar from the Bible (Jer. xxi. 9) " his life shall be unto him for a prey."
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)