flesh-eat·​ing ˈflesh-ˌē-tiŋ How to pronounce flesh-eating (audio)
: feeding on or destroying flesh or soft tissue
A Kentucky man was diagnosed with a flesh-eating infection after he went camping along the Green River.Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
… infestation by blowflies whose eggs hatch into flesh-eating maggots.Kerry Capell
But according to Eugenie Clark, a University of Maryland zoologist, "the white shark, the largest flesh-eating fish, is anything but a mindless, constant eating machine."Discover
Natural history buffs will find … a 145-million-year-old foot from the Allosaur, one of the largest flesh-eating dinosaurs …Carolyn Hughes Crowley
see also flesh-eating bacterium, flesh-eating disease

Examples of flesh-eating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some vibrio vulnificus can lead to necrotizing fasciitis, a severe infection that causes the flesh around open wounds to die, leading many to call the bacteria 'flesh-eating. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 23 Aug. 2023 Its appearance and ability to spread throughout the body if left untreated has prompted some to mistakenly refer to it as flesh-eating. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flesh-eating was in 1588

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“Flesh-eating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh-eating. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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