omnivorous

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adjective om·niv·o·rous \äm-ˈniv-rəs, -ˈni-və-\

Definition of omnivorous

  1. 1 :  feeding on both animal and vegetable substances omnivorous animals

  2. 2 :  avidly taking in everything as if devouring or consuming an omnivorous reader omnivorous curiosity

omnivorously

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Examples of omnivorous in a Sentence

  1. She is an omnivorous reader.

  2. a child with omnivorous curiosity

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Origin and Etymology of omnivorous

Latin omnivorus, from omni- + -vorus -vorous


First Known Use: circa 1656


OMNIVOROUS Defined for English Language Learners

omnivorous

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adjective

Definition of omnivorous for English Language Learners

  • : eating both plants and animals

  • : eager to learn about many different things


OMNIVOROUS Defined for Kids

omnivorous

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adjective om·niv·o·rous \äm-ˈni-və-rəs\

Definition of omnivorous for Students

  1. :  feeding on plants and animals


Medical Dictionary

omnivorous

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adjective om·niv·o·rous \äm-ˈniv-(ə-)rəs\

Medical Definition of omnivorous

  1. :  eating both animal and plant matter

omnivorously

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omnivorousness

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