voracious

adjective
vo·​ra·​cious | \ vȯ-ˈrā-shəs How to pronounce voracious (audio) , və- \

Definition of voracious

1 : having a huge appetite : ravenous
2 : excessively eager : insatiable a voracious reader

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Other Words from voracious

voraciously adverb
voraciousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for voracious

voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink. teenagers are often voracious eaters gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety. an admiral who was gluttonous for glory ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite. a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice. rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns

Veracious or voracious?

Take care to distinguish between the near-homophones veracious and voracious, whose similarities in sound mask utterly different meanings. Veracious (“honest, truthful”), like its cousins veritable, verify, and very, concerns that which is true. Voracious (”having a greedy or insatiable appetite”), on the other hand, describes the urge to consume large quantities of something, often food, books, or ideas. One way to remember the difference is that the one with the E as its second letter means "truE," and the one with the O as its second letter means "ravenOus." Not coincidentally, these adjectives have near-homophonous noun derivatives: veracity ("truthfulness") and voracity ("the quality or state of being voracious").

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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").

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 on the Web This odd action thriller set in rural Brazil is like a modern Western laced with reality TV, sci-fi and global politics as residents of a small town cope with corrupt politicians, criminals and voracious tourists. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Silver linings from a tough year for movie lovers," 28 Dec. 2020 Seth Arkin was a voracious world traveler, a faithful Cubs fan, a devoted patron of Chicago’s cultural offerings and a bit of a Bruce Springsteen groupie. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Seth Arkin turned his friends’ artwork and hobbies into customized coronavirus masks. He died after being hospitalized with COVID-19.," 10 Dec. 2020 Ed was a voracious and intrepid traveller, using Greece as a jumping-off point for adventures in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Archives of an Unfulfilled Genius," 27 Dec. 2020 The American corporate world was finally starting to complain that its once easy profits in joint-ventures were now being gobbled up by an increasingly voracious China. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Target: America," 22 Dec. 2020 With the world on lockdown, many of us have become voracious online shoppers. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet readers predict which markets will boom in 2021," 18 Dec. 2020 Eggs of ground-nesting birds—including quail and turkey—and other reptiles are vulnerable to the voracious reptiles. Outdoor Life, "Dog-Sized Lizards are Taking Over in the Southern U.S.," 11 Dec. 2020 Climate change, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that's a key source of food for some grizzly bears and found across the U.S. West, U.S, officials said Tuesday. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "US: mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened," 1 Dec. 2020 Ethiopia was already reeling from the effects of an onslaught of voracious desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria)—its worst infestation in a quarter of a century. Linda Nordling, Scientific American, "Pandemic of Hunger," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of voracious

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for voracious

Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour

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17 Jan 2021

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“Voracious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voracious. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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voracious

adjective
How to pronounce voracious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of voracious

: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food

voracious

adjective
vo·​ra·​cious | \ vȯ-ˈrā-shəs How to pronounce voracious (audio) , və- \

Kids Definition of voracious

1 : very hungry : having a huge appetite
2 : very eager a voracious reader

Other Words from voracious

voraciously adverb

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