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
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.
Now, for the first time, researchers have performed neural scans on the extinct carnivore’s brain, revealing insights that had been lost since the species went extinct.
Some carnivores believe Impossible Foods is zeroing in on the real-meat taste.
Bluefin can sprint at 30 miles an hour, are voracious carnivores, are warm-blooded (unlike most other fish), and, like sharks, must continuously plunge ahead to survive.
Carnivores can order the Beastmaster, a savory filling with a bevy of meats (fennel sausage, meatballs, pepperoni and smoked bacon) plus melty mozzarella and gorgonzola and a little kick from Calabrian chiles—all enveloped in a semi-sweet crust.
The sleek carnivore was imported in the 1880s as part of a plan by the sugar industry to subdue the rats that wouldn’t stop gnawing through stalks of sugar cane.
This Western-themed steakhouse is a carnivore tourist’s dream come true, known for its killer bone-in rib eye steak and serving the leanest, meanest elk sirloin in town.
And, in similar late breaking news about greedy, overstuffed carnivores (and, also, come to think of it, about Utah)
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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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