- flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
- of the carnivores.
Origin of carnivorous
1640–50;Related formscar·niv·o·rism, nouncar·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbcar·niv·o·rous·ness, nounnon·car·niv·o·rous, adjectivenon·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
< Latin carnivorus,
equivalent to carni-
(combining form of carō
flesh) + -vorus -vorous
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Examples from the Web for non-carnivorous
Historical Examples of non-carnivorous
Once its jar is emptied, the larva is flung aside as worthless offal, a certain sign of a non-carnivorous appetite.
Once the pouch is emptied the larva is abandoned as useless offal, a certain sign of non-carnivorous appetites.
British Dictionary definitions for non-carnivorous
Derived Formscarnivorously, adverbcarnivorousness, noun
- (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
Word Origin for carnivorous
C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
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Word Origin and History for non-carnivorous
1640s, from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating, feeding on flesh," from caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage) + vorare "to devour" (see voracity).
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