Origin of carnivore
OTHER WORDS FROM carnivorecar·niv·o·ral [kahr-niv-er-uhl], /kɑrˈnɪv ər əl/, adjective
How to use carnivore in a sentence
The area, which once hosted a large lake, had an attractive climate that enticed herbivores and then carnivores.
A case of mad cow disease was discovered yesterday in California, sending carnivores across the country into a panic.
The Hindus there kept strictly vegetarian, but there was never any tension with the carnivores next door.
Meek grazing creatures, fierce carnivores—the most unlikely animals gave birth to their young.Student Body|Floyd L. Wallace
Panda, pan′da, n. a remarkable animal in the bear section of Carnivores found in the south-east Himalayas.
The brain is large, and in quantity and amount of convolution exceeds that of the land Carnivores.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon|Robert A. Sterndale
The almost complete absence of carnivores at this camp was a great surprise.
Besides civets and polecats, we caught mongooses, palm civets, and other carnivores.
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.