noun \ˈäm-ni-ˌvr\

: an animal that eats both plants and other animals

Full Definition of OMNIVORE

:  one that is omnivorous

Origin of OMNIVORE

New Latin omnivora, neuter plural of omnivorus, from Latin
First Known Use: 1887

Other Ecology Terms

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Animal that eats both plant and animal matter. Most omnivorous species do not have highly specialized food-processing structures or food-gathering behaviour. Many animals generally considered carnivores are actually omnivorous; for example, the red fox eats fruits and berries as well as mammals and birds. See also herbivore.


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