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carnivorous

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adjective car·niv·o·rous \kär-ˈni-v(ə-)rəs\

Definition of carnivorous

  1. 1 :  subsisting or feeding on animal tissues

  2. 2 of a plant :  subsisting on nutrients obtained from the breakdown of animal protoplasm (as of insects)

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the carnivores

  4. 4 :  rapacious

carnivorously

adverb

carnivorousness

noun

carnivory

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Origin and Etymology of carnivorous

Latin carnivorus, from carn-, caro + -vorus -vorous


First Known Use: 1592

Rhymes with carnivorous


CARNIVOROUS Defined for Kids

carnivorous

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adjective car·niv·o·rous \kär-ˈni-və-rəs\

Definition of carnivorous for Students

  1. :  feeding on animal flesh or tissue <Wolves are carnivorous animals.>



Word Root of carnivorous

The Latin word vorāre, meaning “to eat greedily,” gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.


Medical Dictionary

carnivorous

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adjective car·niv·o·rous \kär-ˈniv-(ə-)rəs\

Medical Definition of carnivorous

  1. 1:  subsisting or feeding on animal tissues

  2. 2:  of or relating to the carnivores

carnivorously

adverb

carnivorousness

noun



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