Definition of carnivorous
Origin of carnivorous
Latin carnivorus, from carn-, caro + -vorus -vorous
First Known Use: 1592
CARNIVOROUS Defined for Kids
Definition of carnivorous for Students
: 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.
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