: to take in eagerly by the senses or mind <He devoured the information.>
: to destroy as if by eating <The buildings were devoured by flames.>
Word Root of DEVOUR
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.