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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
Recent Examples of voracious from the Web
But, then again, the adulation that attended Trump’s airstike in Syria last spring suggests our media’s appetite for spectacular displays of American military power remains voracious.
The warm waters of the Caribbean are paradise for teredo worms, which are actually mollusks with a voracious appetite for wood.
Broadcom Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan is a voracious acquirer, and he's played a key role in a wave of consolidation engulfing the $300 billion semiconductor industry over the last three years.
Shooter Mustapha Heron, stud big man Austin Wiley, summer tour standout Bryce Brown and voracious rebounder DeSean Murray, a transfer from Presbyterian, will put the Tigers in position to earn a tourney bid.
Diebenkorn fans, indeed any student of modern painting, will be treated to collages, drawings and paintings both in watercolor and oil that reveal the artist’s voracious appetite for nimble and rapidly maturing visual thinking.
Their voracious appetite reduces the use of pesticides.
Scientists have even erected a massive fence across large sections of Australia to protect crops and grasslands from the voracious animals.
Dealers nationwide are betting on voracious consumer demand from Houston to find substitutes for lost or destroyed cars, coupled with a void of vehicles in inventory there.
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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
First Known Use: 1635See Words from the same year
Synonymsedacious, esurient, gluttonous, greedy, hoggish, piggish, rapacious, ravenous, swinish
Antonymsapathetic, indifferent, uneager, unenthusiastic
Related Wordshearty, wolfish; devouring, gobbling, gorging, gormandizing, gulping; insatiable, unquenchable, unslakable; empty, famished, hungry, peckish [chiefly British], starved, starving; malnourished, underfed, undernourished
Near Antonymscontent, full, glutted, sated, satiated, satisfied, stuffed
Synonym Discussion of voracious
- teenagers are often voracious eaters
- an admiral who was gluttonous for glory
- a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion
- rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns
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