eda·​cious | \ i-ˈdā-shəs How to pronounce edacious (audio) \

Definition of edacious

1 archaic : of or relating to eating
2 : voracious

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edacity \ i-​ˈda-​sə-​tē How to pronounce edacious (audio) \ noun

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Tempus edax rerum. That wise Latin line by the Roman poet Ovid translates as "Time, the devourer of all things." Ovid's correlation between rapaciousness and time is appropriate to a discussion of "edacious." That English word is a descendant of Latin edax, which is a derivative of the verb edere, meaning "to eat." In its earliest known English uses, edacious meant "of or relating to eating." It later came to be used generally as a synonym of "voracious," and it has often been used specifically in contexts referring to time. That's how Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle used it when he referred to events "swallowed in the depths of edacious Time.

Examples of edacious in a Sentence

my edacious dining companion could always be counted on to order the largest—and often most expensive—item on the menu

First Known Use of edacious

circa 1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edacious

Latin edac-, edax, from edere to eat — more at eat

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“Edacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edacious. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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