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omnivorous

[om-niv-er-uh s]
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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for omnivorousness

Historical Examples

  • Do I boast of my omnivorousness of reading, even apart from romances?

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  • Sneaking past, in this sweet night, which stirred in one such sentiment, that ghoulish cur was like the omnivorousness of Nature.


British Dictionary definitions for omnivorousness

omnivorous

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 Formsomnivorously, adverbomnivorousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin omnivorus all-devouring, from omni- + vorāre to eat greedily
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Word Origin and History for omnivorousness

omnivorous

adj.

1650s, from Latin omnivorus "all-devouring," from omnis "all" (see omni-) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity). Related: Omnivorously; omnivorousness.

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