-vorous


a combining form meaning “eating, gaining sustenance from” that specified by the initial element: carnivorous.

Nearby words

  1. -virinae,
  2. -virus,
  3. -visaged,
  4. -vora,
  5. -vore,
  6. -ward,
  7. -wards,
  8. -ware,
  9. -watch,
  10. -ways

Origin of -vorous

< Latin -vorus devouring; see -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for -vorous

-vorous

adj combining form

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

Word Origin for -vorous

from Latin -vorus; related to vorāre to swallow up, devour

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Word Origin and History for -vorous

-vorous

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

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