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carnivorous

adjective car·niv·o·rous \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
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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

CARNIVORY Defined for Kids

carnivorous

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

Definition of CARNIVOROUS for Kids

:  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

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

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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