flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
of the carnivores.
- car·niv·o·rism, noun
- car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverb
- car·niv·o·rous·ness, noun
- non·car·niv·o·rous, adjective
- non·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverb
- non·car·niv·o·rous·ness, noun
- un·car·niv·o·rous, adjective
- un·car·niv·o·rous·ly, adverb
- un·car·niv·o·rous·ness, noun
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How to use carnivorous in a sentence
In Far North Queensland, FNQ Nature Tours takes visitors on day-long treks in search of the spotted-tail quoll — a marsupial that is endangered and, like its cousin the Tasmanian devil, also carnivorous.Post-fire Australia will provide travelers with more opportunities for ‘restorative tourism’ | Elizabeth Heath | March 18, 2021 | Washington Post
These enigmatic, caterpillar-like, carnivorous creatures live in leaf litter and under rotting logs.A year after Australia’s wildfires, extinction threatens hundreds of species | John Pickrell | March 9, 2021 | Science News
Humans can’t eat a completely carnivorous diet because of the liver’s ability to generate only part of our energy needs from protein.Ice Age hunters’ leftovers may have fueled dog domestication | Bruce Bower | January 7, 2021 | Science News
That suggests that the use of feathers for complex display purposes may have a very ancient history within the carnivorous dinosaurs.A newfound feathered dinosaur sported fuzz and weird rods on its shoulders | John Pickrell | December 14, 2020 | Science News
The reptiles are primarily carnivorous, and it is not uncommon for them to seek out small pets as a source of food along with other mammals — although fatal attacks on humans are relatively rare.Video shows man wrestling puppy from alligator’s jaws without dropping his cigar | Jennifer Hassan | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
The Yellowstone grizzly is one of the more carnivorous interior bear populations in North America.
“Lots of vegetarians have got a carnivorous streak,” she said.Can Vegetarians Eat In-Vitro Meat? The Debate Rages. | Nico Hines | August 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
See how Psy, Lady Gaga, and a carnivorous toddler stack up on the most-watched list.
The human barrier of overturned cars and debris was swarming with carnivorous automatons.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks | Max Brooks | January 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
This delicious vegetarian-friendly dish will satisfy even the most carnivorous of crews.
It is evident that many of them might readily become carnivorous to a large extent under suitable conditions.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Among the carnivorous mammals the social dog or wolf tribe displays the intelligent habit of mutual aid.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
The Ternat bats are carnivorous animals, voracious, and possessed of an appetite for every thing that offers.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
These baboons though mischievious and ferocious, are not carnivorous; they principally feed upon fruits, roots, and corn.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
They are, indeed, among our most valuable sea scavengers, although they are carnivorous hunters as well.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for carnivorous
(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
- carnivorously, adverb
- carnivorousness, noun
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