Definition of omnivore
: one that is omnivorous Bears and coyotes are omnivores.
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But many bears already seem to be thriving in areas where the trees aren't found, a reminder that in many ways grizzlies are omnivores that can be quite adaptable.
But for omnivores, the draw will be the pork platter, a meaty choose-your-own adventure of pork products, all made from whole animals broken down in Kaden's kitchen.
Apparently, horses and other herbivores are more at risk for anthrax infections than badgers and pigs, which are omnivores.
The omnivores will also eat almost anything, from leather to backyard fruit, though many prefer wild prey, even when living in cities.
An electronic omnivore conceived in 2003, it was designed to ingest information from scores of databases, blogs, e-mail traffic, intelligence reports, and other sources, government documents and researchers say.
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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
First Known Use: 1871See Words from the same year
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Definition of omnivore for English Language Learners
: an animal that eats both plants and other animals
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Definition of omnivore for Students
: an animal that feeds on plants and other animals
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