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Examples of voracious in a sentence
He has a voracious appetite.
it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
Did You Know?
Voracious is one of several English words that derive from the Latin verb vorare, which means "to eat greedily" or "to devour." "Vorare" is also an ancestor of "devour" and of the "-ivorous" words, which describe the diets of various animals. These include "carnivorous" ("meat-eating"), "herbivorous" ("plant-eating"), "omnivorous" ("feeding on both animals and plants"), "frugivorous" ("fruit-eating"), "graminivorous" ("feeding on grass"), and "piscivorous" ("fish-eating").
Origin and Etymology of voracious
Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour
First Known Use: 1635
Synonym Discussion of voracious
VORACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of voracious for English Language Learners
: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food
VORACIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of voracious for Students
1 : very hungry : having a huge appetite
2 : very eager a voracious reader
Word Root of voracious
The Latin word vorāre, meaning “to eat greedily,” gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.
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