omnivorous

adjective
om·​niv·​o·​rous | \ äm-ˈniv-rəs How to pronounce omnivorous (audio) , -ˈni-və-\

Definition of omnivorous

1 : feeding on both animal and vegetable substances omnivorous animals
2 : avidly taking in everything as if devouring or consuming an omnivorous reader omnivorous curiosity

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Other Words from omnivorous

omnivorously adverb

Examples of omnivorous in a Sentence

She is an omnivorous reader. a child with omnivorous curiosity

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As The New York Times observed shortly after Buttigieg posted his haul, his fundraising success owes something to his omnivorous approach. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 Coyotes are omnivorous, with much of their diet consisting of insects (grasshoppers are a big item), fruits, other plant material. Shannon Tompkins, ExpressNews.com, "Meet the coyote, one of nature’s great tricksters," 13 June 2019 The omnivorous tegu lizards have been known to eat alligator and bird eggs. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Massive, voracious lizards are invading the southwestern US," 6 Aug. 2018 Earwigs are actually omnivorous, and primarily feed on decaying organic matter as well as those pest insects. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Control Earwigs in Your Garden and Keep Them From Getting in Your House," 27 July 2018 Earwigs are actually omnivorous, and primarily feed on decaying organic matter as well as those pest insects. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Control Earwigs in Your Garden and Keep Them From Getting in Your House," 27 July 2018 The omnivorous crustaceans graze on phytoplankton in open water, and some larger adults crawl along the sea floor. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Thousands of Tiny Red Crustaceans Strand on California Beach," 12 June 2018 Musicians are often just as omnivorous in their tastes and interests as listeners are, and Gay is a model for such broad thinking and creativity. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Chicago musical polymath Ben LaMar Gay breaks even his own shape-shifting mold on his solo debut," 5 Mar. 2018 The omnivorous, ground-dwelling lizards are found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Shane Black, National Geographic, "This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of omnivorous

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for omnivorous

Latin omnivorus, from omni- + -vorus -vorous

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The first known use of omnivorous was circa 1656

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omnivorous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of omnivorous

: eating both plants and animals
: eager to learn about many different things

omnivorous

adjective
om·​niv·​o·​rous | \ äm-ˈni-və-rəs How to pronounce omnivorous (audio) \

Kids Definition of omnivorous

: feeding on plants and animals

omnivorous

adjective
om·​niv·​o·​rous | \ äm-ˈniv-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce omnivorous (audio) \

Medical Definition of omnivorous

: eating both animal and plant matter

Other Words from omnivorous

omnivorously adverb
omnivorousness noun

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