insectivore

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noun in·sec·ti·vore \in-ˈsek-tə-ˌvȯr\

Definition of insectivore

  1. 1 :  any of an order (Insectivora) of small usually nocturnal mammals (as moles, shrews, and hedgehogs) that feed mainly on insects

  2. 2 :  an insectivorous plant or animal

Origin and Etymology of insectivore

New Latin Insectivora, from Latin insectum + -vorus -vorous


First Known Use: 1840


INSECTIVORE Defined for English Language Learners

insectivore

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noun in·sec·ti·vore \in-ˈsek-tə-ˌvȯr\

Definition of insectivore for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that eats insects


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insectivore

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noun in·sec·ti·vore \in-ˈsek-tə-ˌvō(ə)r, -ˌvȯ(ə)r\

Medical Definition of insectivore

  1. 1:  any mammal of the order Insectivora

  2. 2:  an insectivorous plant or animal


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