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carnivorous

[kahr-niv-er-uh s]
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adjective
  1. flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
  2. of the carnivores.
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Origin of carnivorous

1640–50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous
Related formscar·niv·o·rism, nouncar·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbcar·niv·o·rous·ness, nounnon·car·niv·o·rous, adjectivenon·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbnon·car·niv·o·rous·ness, nounun·car·niv·o·rous, adjectiveun·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbun·car·niv·o·rous·ness, noun
Can be confusedcarnivorous herbivorous omnivorous

Synonyms

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1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.
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Historical Examples

  • Once its jar is emptied, the larva is flung aside as worthless offal, a certain sign of a non-carnivorous appetite.

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    J. Henri Fabre

  • Once the pouch is emptied the larva is abandoned as useless offal, a certain sign of non-carnivorous appetites.


British Dictionary definitions for non-carnivorous

carnivorous

adjective
  1. (esp of animals) feeding on flesh
  2. (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
  3. of or relating to the Carnivora
  4. informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
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Derived Formscarnivorously, adverbcarnivorousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
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Word Origin and History for non-carnivorous

carnivorous

adj.

1640s, from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating, feeding on flesh," from caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage) + vorare "to devour" (see voracity).

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