- flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
- of the carnivores.
Origin of carnivorous
1640–50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous
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1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.
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Examples from the Web for non-carnivorous
Once its jar is emptied, the larva is flung aside as worthless offal, a certain sign of a non-carnivorous appetite.More Hunting Wasps
J. Henri Fabre
Once the pouch is emptied the larva is abandoned as useless offal, a certain sign of non-carnivorous appetites.Social Life in the Insect World
J. H. Fabre
- (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
C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
Word Origin and History for non-carnivorous
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