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omnivore

[om-nuh-vawr, -vohr]
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noun
  1. someone or something that is omnivorous.
  2. an omnivorous animal.

Origin of omnivore

1885–90; < French, on the model of carnivore, etc.
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  • The interlude with the omnivore provided him with one answer.

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  • He sat until it was dark and the omnivore resumed its normal activity.

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  • I guess it could be called an omnivore—now that our clothing is handy, it eats that, too.

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  • It didn't wipe out the still more primitive ancestor of the omnivore, because it could adapt to changing conditions.

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British Dictionary definitions for omnivore

omnivore

noun
  1. an omnivorous person or animal
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Word Origin and History for omnivore

n.

1890, formed from omni- on model of carnivore (see omnivorous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

omnivore in Medicine

omnivore

(ŏmnə-vôr′)
n.
  1. An omnivorous person or animal.
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omnivore in Science

omnivore

[ŏmnə-vôr′]
  1. An organism that eats both plants and animals.
Related formsomnivorous adjective
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omnivore in Culture

omnivore

[(om-nuh-vawr)]

An animal whose normal diet includes both plants and animals. Human beings and bears, for instance, are omnivores.

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