[ in-sek-tuh-vawr, -vohr ]
/ ɪnˈsɛk təˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr /


an insectivorous animal or plant.
any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.

Origin of insectivore

1860–65; back formation from insectivorous; see -vore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insectivore


/ (ɪnˈsɛktɪˌvɔː) /


any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects
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Science definitions for insectivore


[ ĭn-sĕktə-vôr′ ]

An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.
Any of various small, usually nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora that feed on insects and other invertebrates. Insectivores have long snouts and resemble rodents, but lack gnawing incisors. Moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and tenrecs are insectivores.

Related forms

insectivorous adjective
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