[dih-vou-uhr, -vou-er]
verb (used with object)
to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously.
to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly: Fire devoured the old museum.
to engulf or swallow up.
to take in greedily with the senses or intellect: to devour the works of Freud.
to absorb or engross wholly: a mind devoured by fears.

1275–1325; Middle English devouren < Anglo-French, Old French devourer < Latin dēvorāre to swallow down, equivalent to dē- de- + vorāre to eat up

devourer, noun
devouringly, adverb
devouringness, noun
interdevour, verb (used with object)
predevour, verb (used with object)
redevour, verb (used with object)
self-devouring, adjective
undevoured, adjective Unabridged
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devour (dɪˈvaʊə)
1.  to swallow or eat up greedily or voraciously
2.  to waste or destroy; consume: the flames devoured the curtains
3.  to consume greedily or avidly with the senses or mind: he devoured the manuscripts
4.  to engulf or absorb: the flood devoured the land
[C14: from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre to gulp down, from de- + vorāre to consume greedily; see voracious]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. devorer, from L. devorare "swallow down," from de- "down" + vorare "swallow" (see voracious).
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Example sentences
And you know things are dire when people optimistically greet the discovery
  that meat-eating ants are devouring the toads.
If you have either tent caterpillars or fall webworms, you should be seeing
  lots of caterpillars devouring your trees leaves.
Some of us should have already realised that this culture of consumerism, of
  devouring products, will never have an end.
Every few minutes a fir ignites, flames devouring it in a rush of light, the
  roar of rockets.
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