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carnivorous

[kahr-niv-er-uh s] /kɑrˈnɪv ər əs/
adjective
1.
flesh-eating:
A dog is a carnivorous animal.
2.
of the carnivores.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous
Related forms
carnivorism, noun
carnivorously, adverb
carnivorousness, noun
noncarnivorous, adjective
noncarnivorously, adverb
noncarnivorousness, noun
uncarnivorous, adjective
uncarnivorously, adverb
uncarnivorousness, noun
Can be confused
carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous.
Synonyms
1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.
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British Dictionary definitions for carnivorousness

carnivorous

/kɑːˈnɪvərəs/
adjective
1.
(esp of animals) feeding on flesh
2.
(of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
3.
of or relating to the Carnivora
4.
(informal) aggressively ambitious or reactionary
Derived Forms
carnivorously, adverb
carnivorousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume
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Word Origin and History for carnivorousness

carnivorous

adj.

1640s, from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating, feeding on flesh," from caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage) + vorare "to devour" (see voracity).

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