[ kahr-niv-er-uhs ]
/ kɑrˈnɪv ər əs /
flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
of the carnivores.
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Origin of carnivorous
1640–50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous
OTHER WORDS FROM carnivorous
car·niv·o·rism, nouncar·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbcar·niv·o·rous·ness, nounnon·car·niv·o·rous, adjective
non·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbnon·car·niv·o·rous·ness, nounun·car·niv·o·rous, adjectiveun·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbun·car·niv·o·rous·ness, noun
Words nearby carnivorous
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British Dictionary definitions for carnivorism
/ (kɑːˈnɪvərəs) /
(esp of animals) feeding on flesh
(of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
of or relating to the Carnivora
informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
Derived forms of carnivorouscarnivorously, adverbcarnivorousness, noun
Word Origin for carnivorous
C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
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