Carnivora

[kahr-niv-er-uh]

Origin of Carnivora

1820–30; < New Latin; Latin: neuter plural of carnivorus; see carnivorous
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Carnivora

n.

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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