voracious

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

adjective

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

Origin of voracious

First recorded in 1625–35; voraci(ty) + -ous

SYNONYMS FOR voracious

1 See ravenous.
2 rapacious, insatiable.

OTHER WORDS FROM voracious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH voracious

veracious vociferous voracious
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British Dictionary definitions for voracious

voracious
/ (vɒˈreɪʃəs) /

adjective

devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activityvoracious reading

Derived forms of voracious

voraciously, adverbvoracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

Word Origin for voracious

C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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