- flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
- of the carnivores.
Origin of carnivorous
1640–50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous
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1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.
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Examples from the Web for carnivorous
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Like most of his kind, he is also carnivorous, and will dine off the carcass of a horse or buffalo.Bruin
With the deer, of course, such is not the case, as they are not carnivorous.The Hunters' Feast
They are not carnivorous and therefore must be fed from the labors of man.Daniel Boone
John S. C. Abbott
It is not carnivorous, and, generally, its disposition is harmless and playful.
The great peterel is as large as the common albatross, and is carnivorous.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- (esp of animals) feeding on flesh
- (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
- of or relating to the Carnivora
- informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
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Word Origin and History for carnivorous
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