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omnivorous

[ om-niv-er-uhs ]

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.



omnivorous

/ ɒmˈnɪvərəs /

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


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Derived Forms

  • omˈnivorousness, noun
  • omˈnivorously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • om·nivo·rism noun
  • om·nivo·rous·ly adverb
  • om·nivo·rous·ness noun
  • om·nivo·rism noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of omnivorous1

First recorded in 1650–60; from Latin omnivorus “all-devouring”; equivalent to omni- + -vorous
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Word History and Origins

Origin of omnivorous1

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

Fat Bear Week celebrates Ursidae body image in the best way, as these omnivorous mammals are gorging before hibernation.

If one had to describe his intellectual predilections in a word, it would have to be “omnivorous.”

Vegan women are only one-fifth as likely to have twins as are vegetarian and omnivorous women.

He has an omnivorous and hyper intellect, and a quick wit—and is easily bored.

The Daily Beast is the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist.

It is quite within the limits of probability, for instance, that the man-ape at an early date became omnivorous in its diet.

The young gorilla which was kept in captivity at Berlin became quite omnivorous in its diet.

She was an omnivorous reader, especially of philosophic works, and very fond of discussing what she read.

They have a prejudice against milk; but in the matter of other sorts of food are omnivorous.

Like many Edinburgh shopkeepers, Mr. Traill was a man of superior education and an omnivorous reader.

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