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omnivorous

[ om-niv-er-uhs ]
/ 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.
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Origin of omnivorous

1650–60; <Latin omnivorus, equivalent to omni-omni- + -vorus-vorous

OTHER WORDS FROM omnivorous

om·niv·o·rism, nounom·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbom·niv·o·rous·ness, nounom·niv·o·rism, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH omnivorous

carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous
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How to use omnivorous in a sentence

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 forms of omnivorous

omnivorously, adverbomnivorousness, noun

Word Origin for omnivorous

C17: from Latin omnivorus all-devouring, from omni- + vorāre to eat greedily
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