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- 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
1650–60;Related formsom·niv·o·rism, nounom·niv·o·rous·ly, adverbom·niv·o·rous·ness, nounom·niv·o·rism, noun
< Latin omnivorus,
equivalent to omni- omni-
+ -vorus -vorous
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Examples from the Web for omnivorously
She plucked still, but neither so ruthlessly nor so omnivorously as of yore.
They found Gustavo hovering omnivorously in the courtyard, hungering for news; Constance summoned him to her side.
British Dictionary definitions for omnivorously
Derived Formsomnivorously, adverbomnivorousness, noun
- 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 omnivorously
1650s, from Latin omnivorus "all-devouring," from omnis "all" (see omni-) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity). Related: Omnivorously; omnivorousness.
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