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insectivore

[in-sek-tuh-vawr, -vohr] /ɪnˈsɛk təˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
noun
1.
an insectivorous animal or plant.
2.
any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.
Origin of insectivore
1860-1865
1860-65; back formation from insectivorous; see -vore
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insectivore

/ɪnˈsɛktɪˌvɔː/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for insectivore
n.

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
  (ĭn-sěk'tə-vôr')   
  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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