carnivorous


car·niv·o·rous

adjective \kär-ˈni-v(ə-)rəs\

Definition of CARNIVOROUS

1
:  subsisting or feeding on animal tissues
2
of a plant :  subsisting on nutrients obtained from the breakdown of animal protoplasm (as of insects)
3
:  of or relating to the carnivores
4
:  rapacious
car·niv·o·rous·ly adverb
car·niv·o·rous·ness noun
car·niv·ory \kär-ˈni-və-rē\ noun

Origin of CARNIVOROUS

Latin carnivorus, from carn-, caro + -vorus -vorous
First Known Use: 1592

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with CARNIVOROUS

car·niv·o·rous

adjective \kär-ˈniv-(ə-)rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARNIVOROUS

1
: subsisting or feeding on animal tissues
2
: of or relating to the carnivores
car·niv·o·rous·ly adverb
car·niv·o·rous·ness noun

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