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[om-nuh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈɒm nəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
someone or something that is omnivorous.
an omnivorous animal.
1885-90; < French, on the model of carnivore, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for omnivores
  • Dogs are omnivores, and although excellent hunters are not quite as focussed on meat ie dead things.
  • Even so, the vegetarians out there slam the omnivores because of their cow eating habits and claim it is bad for the environment.
  • Most humans are omnivores, which means they consume both plants and animals and therefore consume from different trophic levels.
  • Studies have shown that today's graduates are cultural omnivores, able to enjoy high and pop culture alike.
  • If you're a vegan so you can look down on the omnivores then you're doing it for the wrong reason.
  • These tiny birds are omnivores, sometimes feeding on insects and spiders.
  • When the omnivores tag an herbivore, they collect the herbivore's baggie and empty it into their own bag.
  • omnivores eat both meat and plants, but not all kinds of plants.
  • Most apes are omnivores, eating fruit, vegetables and meat on occasion.
  • omnivores are the third type of consumer, and finding food may be less of a challenge for them.
British Dictionary definitions for omnivores


an omnivorous person or animal
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Word Origin and History for omnivores



1890, formed from omni- on model of carnivore (see omnivorous).

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omnivores in Medicine

omnivore om·ni·vore (ŏm'nə-vôr')
An omnivorous person or animal.

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omnivores in Science
An organism that eats both plants and animals.

omnivorous adjective
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omnivores in Culture
omnivore [(om-nuh-vawr)]

An animal whose normal diet includes both plants and animals. Human beings and bears, for instance, are omnivores.

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