omnivore

noun om·ni·vore \ ˈäm-ni-ˌvȯr \

Definition of omnivore

:one that is omnivorous
  • Bears and coyotes are omnivores.

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The Classic omnivore

Human beings seem to be classic omnivores. Originally living as "hunter-gatherers", we hunted and fished when possible but also gathered nuts, berries, fruits, seeds, and roots for much of our diet. We're physically well suited for both tasks; our hands are perfect for picking things, and our build is ideal for running down even the fastest game animals because of our great stamina. Some 10,000 years ago humans began practicing agriculture involving both animals and plants. The other omnivorous mammals include chimpanzees, pigs, opossums, porcupines, bears, raccoons, chipmunks, mice and rats, and skunks. But even many mammals classed as carnivorous turn out to be capable of shifting to plant foods when necessary.

Origin and Etymology of omnivore

New Latin omnivora, neuter plural of omnivorus, from Latin


OMNIVORE Defined for English Language Learners

omnivore

noun

Definition of omnivore for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that eats both plants and other animals


OMNIVORE Defined for Kids

omnivore

noun om·ni·vore \ ˈäm-ni-ˌvȯr \

Definition of omnivore for Students

:an animal that feeds on plants and other animals

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