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[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və-/
craving or consuming large quantities of food:
a voracious appetite.
exceedingly eager or avid:
voracious readers; a voracious collector.
Origin of voracious
First recorded in 1625-35; voraci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
voraciously, adverb
voraciousness, noun
unvoracious, adjective
unvoraciously, adverb
unvoraciousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable. Unabridged
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  • There are enough and to spare even for Fouquier-Tinvillle's voracious appetite.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • He was voracious at the supper-table, and that made the landlady no kinder to him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • The wolves were so voracious because they had not eaten for several days.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • Some of these voracious kinds have been caught with the remains of six white-fish in them.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • The gods were voracious as wolves, and the victims as numerous.

    South American Fights and Fighters

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for voracious


devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activity: voracious reading
Derived Forms
voraciously, adverb
voracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ), voraciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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Word Origin and History for voracious

1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.

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