Simple Definition of voracious
: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food
Examples of voracious
He has a voracious appetite.
<it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day>
Origin of voracious
Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour
First Known Use: 1635
Synonym Discussion of voracious
Rhymes with voracious
audacious, bodacious, capacious, cetaceous, crustaceous, curvaceous, drupaceous, edacious, fallacious, flirtatious, fugacious, hellacious, herbaceous, loquacious, mendacious, micaceous, pomaceous, predaceous, pugnacious, rapacious, rosaceous, sagacious, salacious, sebaceous, sequacious, setaceous, tenacious, testaceous, tufaceous, ungracious, veracious, vinaceous
VORACIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of voracious
1 : very hungry : having a huge appetite
2 : very eager <a voracious reader>
Word Root of voracious
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.
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