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a combining form meaning “eating, gaining sustenance from” that specified by the initial element:
Origin of -vorous
< Latin -vorus devouring; see -ous Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -vorous


combining form
feeding on or devouring: carnivorous
Derived Forms
-vore, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Latin -vorus; related to vorāre to swallow up, devour
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Word Origin and History for -vorous

word-forming element meaning "eating," from Latin -vorous, from stem of vorare "to devour" (see voracity).

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