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Origin of carnivore
OTHER WORDS FROM carnivorecar·niv·o·ral [kahr-niv-er-uhl], /kɑrˈnɪv ər əl/, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for carnivore
The area, which once hosted a large lake, had an attractive climate that enticed herbivores and then carnivores.
The Hindus there kept strictly vegetarian, but there was never any tension with the carnivores next door.
Had there been any lingering hope in the minds of the men that they had no carnivores to deal with, the ensuing struggle ended it.
Nearly all the carnivores are feline, and are therefore tree-mounters, though they lead a terrestrial life.The Andes and the Amazon|James Orton
In 4% the canines are very strongly developed, long, sharp, and curving inwardly as in carnivores.Criminal Man|Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
The family of the cats, the most highly specialized of all the carnivores, divided in the Tertiary into two main branches.The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
In this way the great enemies of the individual herbivore are not the carnivores, but the other herbivores.Charles Darwin|Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for carnivore
Word Origin for carnivore
Scientific definitions for carnivore
- An animal that feeds chiefly on the flesh of other animals. Carnivores include predators such as lions and alligators, and scavengers such as hyenas and vultures. In a food chain, carnivores are either secondary or tertiary consumers. Compare detritivore herbivore.
- Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.
Cultural definitions for carnivore
A living thing that eats meat. Among mammals, there is an order of carnivores, including primarily meat-eating animals such as tigers and dogs. Some plants, such as the Venus's-flytrap, are carnivores.