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[in-sek-tiv-er-uh s] /ˌɪn sɛkˈtɪv ər əs/
adapted to feeding on insects.
Botany. having specialized leaves or leaf parts capable of trapping and digesting insects, as the Venus's-flytrap, the pitcher plants, and the sundews.
Origin of insectivorous
From the New Latin word insectivorus, dating back to 1655-65. See insect, -i-, -vorous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for insectivorous
Historical Examples
  • It is the only insectivorous bird which is largely exported from India.

  • There was a liberal abundance, however, in the insectivorous department.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • For the most part the species are carnivorous or insectivorous.

  • There is good reason to suppose that the host of the fossil was some insectivorous mammal.

    The Flea Harold Russell
  • The members of this group are all more or less carnivorous or insectivorous.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • We began this series by insectivorous birds, and we have ended with them.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • Their selection of nutriment is frugivorous, granivorous, insectivorous, and vermivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • They are generally granivorous, but some species are insectivorous or carnivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Thus there are herbivorous, carnivorous, and insectivorous marsupials.

    An Australian Bird Book John Albert Leach
  • Bills of the others long and conical, adapted for insectivorous diet.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
British Dictionary definitions for insectivorous


feeding on or adapted for feeding on insects: insectivorous plants
of or relating to the order Insectivora
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insectivorous in Science
  1. An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.

  2. Any of various small, usually nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora that feed on insects and other invertebrates. Insectivores have long snouts and resemble rodents, but lack gnawing incisors. Moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and tenrecs are insectivores.

insectivorous adjective
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