insectivore

[in-sek-tuh-vawr, -vohr]
noun
1.
an insectivorous animal or plant.
2.
any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.

Origin:
1860–65; back formation from insectivorous; see -vore

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insectivore (ɪnˈsɛktɪˌvɔː)
 
n
1.  any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
2.  any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects

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insectivore   (ĭn-sěk'tə-vôr')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
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.
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