carnivorousness

carnivorous

[kahr-niv-er-uhs]
adjective
1.
flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
2.
of the carnivores.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin carnivorus, equivalent to carni- (combining form of carō flesh) + -vorus -vorous

carnivorism, noun
carnivorously, adverb
carnivorousness, noun
noncarnivorous, adjective
noncarnivorously, adverb
noncarnivorousness, noun
uncarnivorous, adjective
uncarnivorously, adverb
uncarnivorousness, noun

carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous.


1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.
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carnivorous (kɑːˈnɪvərəs)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume]
 
car'nivorously
 
adv
 
car'nivorousness
 
n

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carnivorous
1646, from L. carnivorus "flesh-eating," from caro "flesh" + vorare "to devour" (see voracious).
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