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[in-sek-tiv-er-uh s] /ˌɪn sɛkˈtɪv ər əs/
adapted to feeding on insects.
Botany. having specialized leaves or leaf parts capable of trapping and digesting insects, as the Venus's-flytrap, the pitcher plants, and the sundews.
Origin of insectivorous
1655-65; < New Latin insectivorus. See insect, -i-, -vorous Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insectivorous
  • Their insectivorous diet makes them vital to reducing the burden of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.
  • insectivorous plant species include yellow pitcher plant, purple pitcher plant, sweet pitcher plant and three species of sundews.
  • The importance and benefits derived from insectivorous birds as biological control agents are receiving more attention.
  • Purple martins are almost entirely insectivorous, and are adept flyers feeding almost entirely on-the-wing.
  • Cottonwoods host a diverse insect fauna that attracts an abundance of insectivorous birds.
  • Ecological aspects of the food habits of insectivorous bats.
  • Small insectivorous mammals eat prodigious amounts for their size.
British Dictionary definitions for insectivorous


feeding on or adapted for feeding on insects: insectivorous plants
of or relating to the order Insectivora
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insectivorous 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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