plural noun

car·​niv·​o·​ra kär-ˈni-və-rə How to pronounce carnivora (audio)
: carnivorous mammals

Word History


Latin, neuter plural of carnivorus

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carnivora was in 1830

Dictionary Entries Near carnivora

Cite this Entry

“Carnivora.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


noun plural
car·​niv·​o·​ra kär-ˈniv-ə-rə How to pronounce carnivora (audio)
capitalized : an order of eutherian mammals that are mostly carnivorous and have teeth adapted for flesh eating
: carnivorous animals
especially : members of the order Carnivora
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