omnivorous

[om-niv-er-uh s]
adjective
  1. eating both animal and plant foods.
  2. eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately.
  3. taking in everything, as with the mind: an omnivorous reader.

Origin of omnivorous

1650–60; < Latin omnivorus, equivalent to omni- omni- + -vorus -vorous
Related formsom·niv·o·rism, nounom·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbom·niv·o·rous·ness, nounom·niv·o·rism, noun
Can be confusedcarnivorous herbivorous omnivorous
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British Dictionary definitions for omnivorism

omnivorous

adjective
  1. eating food of both animal and vegetable origin, or any type of food indiscriminately
  2. taking in or assimilating everything, esp with the mind
Derived Formsomnivorously, adverbomnivorousness, noun

Word Origin for omnivorous

C17: from Latin omnivorus all-devouring, from omni- + vorāre to eat greedily
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Word Origin and History for omnivorism

omnivorous

adj.

1650s, from Latin omnivorus "all-devouring," from omnis "all" (see omni-) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity). Related: Omnivorously; omnivorousness.

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