- a combining form meaning “eating, gaining sustenance from” that specified by the initial element: carnivorous.
Origin of -vorous
< Latin -vorus devouring; see -ous
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- feeding on or devouringcarnivorous
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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