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venationes (pl) (noun)
Hunts involving the slaughter of animals, especially fierce ones by other animals or by human "bestiarii" or fighters of wild beasts and sometimes of criminals by animals which were a major spectacle in Rome from 186 B.C.: The venationes supposedly displayed the ingenuity and generosity of a sponsoring politician and the reign of Rome and its power over nature by procuring exotic species (lions, panthers, bears, bulls, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, and elephants).