insectivore


in·sec·ti·vore

noun \in-ˈsek-tə-ˌvr\

: an animal that eats insects

Full Definition of INSECTIVORE

1
:  any of an order (Insectivora) of small usually nocturnal mammals (as moles, shrews, and hedgehogs) that feed mainly on insects
2
:  an insectivorous plant or animal

Origin of INSECTIVORE

New Latin Insectivora, from Latin insectum + -vorus -vorous
First Known Use: 1840

in·sec·ti·vore

noun \in-ˈsek-tə-ˌvō(ə)r, -ˌv(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSECTIVORE

1
: any mammal of the order Insectivora
2
: an insectivorous plant or animal

insectivore

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of the mammalian order (Insectivora) that includes the hedgehogs, moles, and sometimes shrews (some of which are considered primates by some authorities), or, more generally, any animal that eats mainly insects. The mammalian insectivores are generally small, active, and nocturnal. They are found in most parts of the world except Antarctica, Australia, and South America. Most species are solitary (except during the breeding season) and short-lived.

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