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[om-nuh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈɒm nəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
someone or something that is omnivorous.
an omnivorous animal.
Origin of omnivore
1885-90; < French, on the model of carnivore, etc. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for omnivore
  • The red fox is an omnivore, meaning that it eats both plant and animal foods.
  • The crayfish is an omnivore, hunting mostly at night.
  • The blue crab is an omnivore, eating both plants and animals.
British Dictionary definitions for omnivore


an omnivorous person or animal
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Word Origin and History for omnivore

1890, formed from omni- on model of carnivore (see omnivorous).

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omnivore in Medicine

omnivore om·ni·vore (ŏm'nə-vôr')
An omnivorous person or animal.

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omnivore in Science
An organism that eats both plants and animals.

omnivorous adjective
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omnivore in Culture
omnivore [(om-nuh-vawr)]

An animal whose normal diet includes both plants and animals. Human beings and bears, for instance, are omnivores.

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