carnivore

noun car·ni·vore \ ˈkär-nə-ˌvȯr \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of carnivore

ultimately from Latin carnivorus

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CARNIVORE Defined for English Language Learners

carnivore

noun

Definition of carnivore for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that eats meat : a meat eater


CARNIVORE Defined for Kids

carnivore

noun car·ni·vore \ ˈkär-nə-ˌvȯr \

Definition of carnivore for Students

: an animal that feeds on meat


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