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  1. the order comprising the carnivores.
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Origin of Carnivora

1820–30; < New Latin; Latin: neuter plural of carnivorus; see carnivorous
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Examples from the Web for carnivora

Historical Examples

  • Adopting his idea, Cuvier referred the seals to an order of carnivora.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • He had all the subtle wiry look of the carnivora, as well as their disposition.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Bushbuck, waterbuck, and lots of other herbivora appeared, but no carnivora.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • The ape has not the sharp claws of the carnivora with which to seize and hold its prey.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

  • His head was square-cut, angular; the jaw salient: like that of the carnivora.

Word Origin and History for carnivora



order of mammals, 1830, from Latin (animalia) carnivora "flesh-eating (animals)," neuter plural of carnivorus (see carnivorous). Applied as the scientific name of a large order of flesh-eating mammals by French naturalist Georges Léopole Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron Cuvier (1769-1832).

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