carnivoran

noun
car·​niv·​o·​ran | \ kär-ˈni-və-rən How to pronounce carnivoran (audio) \
plural carnivorans

Definition of carnivoran

: any of an order (Carnivora) of placental mammals that possess bladelike carnassial teeth and feed primarily or exclusively on animal matter

Note: While many carnivorans (such as wolves, hyenas, and badgers) are carnivorous in habit, there are others (such as brown bears and raccoons) that are omnivorous and even some (such as the giant panda) that are primarily herbivorous in habit.

First Known Use of carnivoran

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Carnivoran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnivoran. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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