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omnivorous

[ om-niv-er-uh s ]
/ ɒmˈnɪv ər əs /
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adjective

eating both animal and plant foods.
eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately.
taking in everything, as with the mind: an omnivorous reader.

RELATED WORDS

gluttonous, greedy, predatory, ravenous, voracious

Nearby words

omnisexual, omnishambles, omnium gatherum, omnium-gatherum, omnivore, omnivorous, omo-, omoclavicular triangle, omolara, omolon, omoo

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 omnivorous

omnivorous

/ (ɒmˈnɪvərəs) /

adjective

eating food of both animal and vegetable origin, or any type of food indiscriminately
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 omnivorous

omnivorous


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for omnivorous

omnivore

[ ŏmnə-vôr′ ]

An organism that eats both plants and animals.
Related formsomnivorous adjective
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