[ om-niv-er-uh s ]
/ ɒmˈnɪv ər əs /


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

Nearby words

  1. omnisexual,
  2. omnishambles,
  3. omnium gatherum,
  4. omnium-gatherum,
  5. omnivore,
  6. omo-,
  7. omoclavicular triangle,
  8. omolara,
  9. omolon,
  10. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

    Jerry Junior|Jean Webster

British Dictionary definitions for omnivorously


/ (ɒmˈnɪvərəs) /


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 omnivorously



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