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voracious

[ vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh- ]
/ vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və- /
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adjective

craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.
exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.

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voodooism, voorkamer, voorskot, voortrekker, vor, voracious, voraciously, voracity, vorarlberg, vorkuta, vorlage

Origin of voracious

First recorded in 1625–35; voraci(ty) + -ous
SYNONYMS FOR voracious
1 See ravenous.
2 rapacious, insatiable.
Related forms
Can be confusedveracious vociferous voracious
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voracious

/ (vɒˈreɪʃəs) /

adjective

devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activityvoracious reading
Derived Formsvoraciously, adverbvoracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

Word Origin for voracious

C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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Word Origin and History for voracious

voracious


adj.

1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.

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