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 The contents of the box change week after week, with both omnivorous and vegetarian options. Soleil Ho,, "Extra Spicy: Listen to the first 3 episodes of The Chronicle’s new food podcast," 22 June 2020 These omnivorous wasps will, during most of the year, look for prey in the form of other insects, especially caterpillars, grubs, and flies. Dan Nosowitz, Better Homes & Gardens, "Fear of Asian Giant Hornets Threatens Helpful Bees and Wasps, Say Experts," 5 June 2020 Georgia wildlife authorities are trying to eradicate the invasive Argentine black and white tegu, an omnivorous lizard that can grow up to 4 feet long and is now established in Toombs and Tattnall counties. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Georgia faces invasive 4-foot lizard species, Argentine black and white tegu, wildlife officials say," 14 May 2020 In this case, Nimit said, an omnivorous 82-pound alpha male baboon made a meal out of a young gazelle. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Baboon mauls gazelle in Kenya nature reserve, shocking photos show," 16 May 2020 First, a spoiler: The food in the omnivorous kit is delicious, from the slender pork lumpia that becomes a salad topper to the tangy ginataang coconut sauce slathered over roasted vegetables. Soleil Ho,, "We tried 5 Bay Area restaurant meal kits created for coronavirus shelter in place," 1 May 2020 The image connects all Ms. Shaw’s projects and performances: an audaciously uninhibited approach to music-making based on joy, omnivorous curiosity and congeniality — even as her work challenges your expectations and takes you by surprise. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: The Uninhibited Joy of Caroline Shaw’s Music," 7 Feb. 2020 Scat ranges from black to reddish, a function of their omnivorous ways. Popular Science, "Eleven animals you can identify by their poop," 23 Jan. 2020 Again, there is logic behind these omnivorous shopping expeditions. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Why Overreacting to the Threat of the Coronavirus May Be Rational," 11 Mar. 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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25 Jun 2020

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“Omnivorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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