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
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps consequently, his omnivorous musical taste has never been on more effective display than on Guided by Voices’ Earth Man Blues, which could be the band’s best album since 1995’s Alien Lanes. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, "Guided By Voices’ ‘Earth Man Blues’ May Be the Power-Pop Heroes’ Best Album in Decades," 28 Apr. 2021 Lockwood’s exuberance and empathy are omnivorous, suited to any subject, and have produced a novel that is ferocious and also delicate, a celebration of one brief life gone too early to God. Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, "Sapphires of the Instant," 27 Apr. 2021 Both are omnivorous, eating just about anything that moves and some things that don't. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Book celebrates stories of the gulls that surround us," 30 Mar. 2021 The most omnivorous of our woodpeckers seem to be the red-bellied. Star Tribune, "Suet is surefire way to bring hungry woodpeckers," 21 Jan. 2021 This isn’t a hot dog eating contest, where dipping buns in water helps world champions swallow the dogs whole like unlikely omnivorous snakes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Internet Villain Runs Hot Pizza Under Water to Cool It Down: Science or Insanity?," 13 Jan. 2021 The boxes are on sale until Wednesday November 18 and come in omnivorous and vegetarian variations. Soleil Ho,, "Here’s why you should get a restaurant meal for Thanksgiving this year," 16 Nov. 2020 Since modern conspiracy theories are relatively omnivorous, even tangential elements such as the Sharpiegate claim could be folded into this broader story. Popular Science, "Five election misinformation campaigns to avoid resharing," 6 Nov. 2020 As with the podcast, the Netflix production’s aim is to reflect Hirway’s omnivorous appetite for genre-spanning songs. cleveland, "How the hit music podcast ‘Song Exploder’ became a Netflix series," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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9 May 2021

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“Omnivorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of omnivorous

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


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

Kids Definition of omnivorous

: feeding on plants and animals


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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