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vermivorous

[ ver-miv-er-uhs ]
/ vərˈmɪv ər əs /
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adjective
(of birds) feeding on worms, grubs, or insect vermin.
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Origin of vermivorous

First recorded in 1700–50; from New Latin vermivorus, equivalent to Latin vermi(s) “worm” + Latin -vorus -vorous

OTHER WORDS FROM vermivorous

ver·miv·o·rous·ness, noun
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How to use vermivorous in a sentence

  • They are mostly vermivorous; some, however, are granivorous or herbivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
  • Their selection of nutriment is frugivorous, granivorous, insectivorous, and vermivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for vermivorous

vermivorous
/ (vɜːˈmɪvərəs) /

adjective
(of certain animals) feeding on worms
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