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[in-sek-tuh-vawr, -vohr] /ɪnˈsɛk təˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
an insectivorous animal or plant.
any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.
Origin of insectivore
1860-65; back formation from insectivorous; see -vore Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insectivore
  • If you have a free-ranging animal that's an insectivore, it has access to thousands of different choices when it comes to insects.
  • It was an old termite mound, excavated by an aardvark or some other insectivore and lately filled with rain water.
  • As insectivore indicates, shrews feed mainly on insects.
  • The southwestern willow flycatcher is an insectivore and forages within and above dense riparian vegetation.
British Dictionary definitions for insectivore


any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects
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Word Origin and History for insectivore

1863, from French insectivore (1817), from Latin insectivorus, from comb. form of insectum (see insect) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).

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insectivore in Science
  1. An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.

  2. Any of various small, usually nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora that feed on insects and other invertebrates. Insectivores have long snouts and resemble rodents, but lack gnawing incisors. Moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and tenrecs are insectivores.

insectivorous adjective
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