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-vorous

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  1. 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

-vorous

adj combining form
  1. feeding on or devouringcarnivorous
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Derived Forms-vore, n combining form

Word Origin

from Latin -vorus; related to vorāre to swallow up, devour
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Word Origin and History for -vorous

word-forming element meaning "eating," from Latin -vorous, from stem of vorare "to devour" (see voracity).

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