- an animal that eats flesh.
- a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels.
- an insectivorous plant.
Origin of carnivore
1850–55; < Latin carnivorus carnivorous
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Examples from the Web for carnivore
In Area D the child's right foot bones were discovered with "carnivore damage."Did They Get Her?
June 15, 2011
The pirate-wasp was a carnivore, but this was the season when the wasps raised young.The Forgotten Planet
The humerus resembles that of a Carnivore rather than that of an Ungulate.
Nimravus gomphodus was a Carnivore about the size of a Panther.
But I learned that though I am a carnivore yet I have not the pluck to be a vulture.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
The only other carnivore as abundant as the sabretooth was a giant wolf.A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open
- any placental mammal of the order Carnivora, typically having large pointed canine teeth and sharp molars and premolars, specialized for eating flesh. The order includes cats, dogs, bears, raccoons, hyenas, civets, and weasels
- any other animal or any plant that feeds on animals
- informal an aggressively ambitious person
C19: probably back formation from carnivorous
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Word Origin and History for carnivore
"flesh-eating animal," 1839, from French carnivore (16c.), from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating" (see carnivorous).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An animal that feeds chiefly on the flesh of other animals. Carnivores include predators such as lions and alligators, and scavengers such as hyenas and vultures. In a food chain, carnivores are either secondary or tertiary consumers. Compare detritivore herbivore.
- Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.
- A plant that eats insects, such as a Venus flytrap.
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