a combining form meaning “eating, gaining sustenance from” that specified by the initial element: carnivorous.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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-vore, n combining form
Word Origin for -vorous
from Latin -vorus; related to vorāre to swallow up, devour
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