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
Examples of omnivorous in a Sentence
She is an omnivorous reader.
a child with omnivorous curiosity
Recent Examples of omnivorous from the Web
Black bears are classified as carnivores even though their omnivorous diet consists mainly of plant material.
Two young, innovative artists share this double bill, each blending razor-sharp socio-political commentary and historical awareness with an omnivorous approach to jazz – both with deep Bay Area connections.
The omnivorous animals eat everything from bird seed to rodents, berries to garbage, and sometimes free-roaming cats and dogs, CPW says.
So oviraptorosaurs probably were omnivorous, with different species targeting different types of food.
The group offers a stylistically omnivorous smorgasbord of works by Gabrieli, Purcell, Glière, Villa-Lobos (with the soprano Leah Crocetto), Ligeti, and others.
Still, Han Kang’s is not some cautionary tale for the omnivorous, as Yeong-hye’s vegetarian journey is far from a happy one.
The only other candidates were the large, meat-eating or omnivorous mammals of the site.
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Origin and Etymology of omnivorous
Latin omnivorus, from omni- + -vorus -vorous
First Known Use: circa 1656See Words from the same year
OMNIVOROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of omnivorous for English Language Learners
: eating both plants and animals
: eager to learn about many different things
OMNIVOROUS Defined for Kids
Definition of omnivorous for Students
: feeding on plants and animals
Medical Definition of omnivorous
: eating both animal and plant matter
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