insectivorous

adjective
in·​sec·​tiv·​o·​rous | \ˌin-ˌsek-ˈtiv-rəs, -ˈti-və-\

Definition of insectivorous 

: feeding on insects

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A wide variety of animals could be called insectivores--most of the birds, for example, as well as the spiders. Of the amphibians, frogs and many lizards are largely insectivorous. Even some fish get much of their food from insects. The order of mammals called Insectivora contains the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs, though bats and anteaters are also insectivores. Many insects are themselves insectivores; the dragonfly, for instance, is a swift insectivorous terror that lives up to its name. But it's the insectivorous plants that tend to fascinate us; of the over 600 species, the best known are the Venus flytrap (which snaps shut on its prey), the pitcher plants (which drown insects in a tiny pool of water), and the sundews (which capture insects with their sticky surfaces).

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He and Ms Wang therefore collected from the wild six Pachyrhynchus weevils and 78 specimens of an insectivorous lizard called Swinhoe’s japalure. The Economist, "Inedible beetlesNot all warning colouration signals toxicity," 19 Dec. 2017 The lime-rich groundwater also helps to yield pitcher plants, insectivorous sundew and other plants. Washington Post, "Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids," 26 June 2017 The lime-rich groundwater also helps to yield pitcher plants, insectivorous sundew and other plants. Washington Post, "Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids," 26 June 2017 The lime-rich groundwater also helps to yield pitcher plants, insectivorous sundew and other plants. Washington Post, "Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids," 26 June 2017 The lime-rich groundwater also helps to yield pitcher plants, insectivorous sundew and other plants. Washington Post, "Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids," 26 June 2017 The lime-rich groundwater also helps to yield pitcher plants, insectivorous sundew and other plants. Lisa Rathke, The Seattle Times, "Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids," 25 June 2017

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First Known Use of insectivorous

1661, in the meaning defined above

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insectivorous

adjective
in·​sec·​tiv·​o·​rous | \ˌin-ˌsek-ˈtiv-(ə-)rəs \

Medical Definition of insectivorous 

: depending on insects as food

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