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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
In addition to its fantastic book selection, Page & Palette carries art supplies, catering to Fairhope’s thriving art community, as well as to its voracious readers.
Row crops, sensitive wetlands and the floor of many forests have been chewed up by hogs as the voracious porkers look for their next meals.
Bill McKibben, a voracious writer and environmentalist, who has been warning us about the dangers of global climate change for years, demonstrates his acute sense of the absurd in this first foray into fiction.
And who can blame Disney and Fox for combining in the face of Netflix’ voracious growth?
Weasels are nomadic and voracious predators that devour entire colonies of gophers and ground squirrels before moving on to the next rodent buffet.
Although the fifth and final season of Fixer Upper doesn’t premiere until November 21, Chip and Joanna Gaines gave their voracious fans a glimpse of their last signature home reveal on Friday, November 3.
But the Tide went to work with the zeal of voracious lumberjacks.
Testino is a voracious admirer and friend of many of the artists featured in the sale—from Richard Prince to Cindy Sherman to Wolfgang Tillmans—making this a rare auction that represents more than acquisitions.
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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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