Definition of carnivore
1 : any of an order (Carnivora) of typically flesh-eating mammals that includes dogs, foxes, bears, raccoons, and cats; broadly : a carnivorous animal
2 : a carnivorous plant the Venus flytrap and other carnivores subsisting on insects
Recent Examples of carnivore from the Web
Q. What is the hardest thing to teach a carnivore in changing to a Reducetarian diet?
The greenhouse is used for propagating plants and as a home for the tender carnivores that wouldn't survive a winter outside.
Black bears are classified as carnivores even though their omnivorous diet consists mainly of plant material.
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Winding through dark environments, guests end up narrowly avoiding attacks by giant carnivores.
Amargosa voles, preyed on by 25 species of carnivore, depend on rare marshes in the Mojave Desert to survive.
And there are more carnivores out there looking to make a tasty treat out of you and gorge themselves thinking: ‘
Clever Rabbit isn't strictly vegetarian; there are options for carnivores, including a half-chicken ($16) and a double-patty burger called the Fat Rabbit ($15), topped with sherry mustard, mushrooms, onion and Swiss cheese.
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Origin and Etymology of carnivore
ultimately from Latin carnivorus
First Known Use: 1840See Words from the same year
CARNIVORE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carnivore for English Language Learners
: an animal that eats meat : a meat eater
CARNIVORE Defined for Kids
Definition of carnivore for Students
: an animal that feeds on meat
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