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[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-]
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  1. craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.
  2. exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.
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Origin of voracious

First recorded in 1625–35; voraci(ty) + -ous
Related formsvo·ra·cious·ly, adverbvo·ra·cious·ness, nounun·vo·ra·cious, adjectiveun·vo·ra·cious·ly, adverbun·vo·ra·cious·ness, noun
Can be confusedveracious vociferous voracious


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1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.
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  1. devouring or craving food in great quantities
  2. very eager or unremitting in some activityvoracious reading
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Derived Formsvoraciously, adverbvoracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ) or voraciousness, noun

Word Origin

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


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

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