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[pi-siv-er-uh s]
  1. adapted to feeding on fish; fish-eating.
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Origin of piscivorous

First recorded in 1660–70; pisci- + -vorous
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Examples from the Web for piscivorous

Historical Examples

  • The water-moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorous) is dark chestnut-brown with darker markings.

    Elementary Zoology, Second Edition

    Vernon L. Kellogg

  • The same motion is, however, performed by some piscivorous birds, which are not provided with this particular bone.

British Dictionary definitions for piscivorous


  1. feeding on fishpiscivorous birds
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Word Origin and History for piscivorous


1660s, from Latin piscis "fish" (see fish (n.)) + -vorous.

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piscivorous in Science


[pĭ-sĭvər-əs, pī-]
  1. Habitually feeding on fish. Terns and cormorants are piscivorous birds.
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