- eating both animal and plant foods.
- eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately.
- taking in everything, as with the mind: an omnivorous reader.
Origin of omnivorous
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Examples from the Web for omnivorous
If one had to describe his intellectual predilections in a word, it would have to be “omnivorous.”Welcome to Tyler Cowen’s Future of Genius Machines
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Vegan women are only one-fifth as likely to have twins as are vegetarian and omnivorous women.Can Food Make You Infertile? Foods to Eat and Avoid
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He has an omnivorous and hyper intellect, and a quick wit—and is easily bored.John McCain Discovers Technology a Year Too Late
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The Daily Beast is the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist.Q and A with Tina Brown
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Mr. Gladstone is, of course, a book-collector, as well as an omnivorous reader.The Book-Hunter in London
Interest is omnivorous, feeding upon every phase of environment.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
However, it is in no way particular, being almost as omnivorous as the hog.On the Banks of the Amazon
To the credit of insects generally, be it said, they are not omnivorous.The Peanut Plant
B. W. Jones
I was an omnivorous reader,and I was specially fond of poetry.The Sorrows of Satan
- eating food of both animal and vegetable origin, or any type of food indiscriminately
- taking in or assimilating everything, esp with the mind
C17: from Latin omnivorus all-devouring, from omni- + vorāre to eat greedily
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Word Origin and History for omnivorous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An organism that eats both plants and animals.
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