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a combining form meaning “eating, gaining sustenance from” that specified by the initial element: carnivorous.
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Origin of -vorous
<Latin -vorus devouring; see -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for -vorous
adj combining form
feeding on or devouringcarnivorous
Derived forms of -vorous-vore, n combining form
Word Origin for -vorous
from Latin -vorus; related to vorāre to swallow up, devour
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