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omnivorous

[om-niv-er-uh s] /ɒmˈnɪv ər əs/
adjective
1.
eating both animal and plant foods.
2.
eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately.
3.
taking in everything, as with the mind:
an omnivorous reader.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin omnivorus, equivalent to omni- omni- + -vorus -vorous
Related forms
omnivorism, noun
omnivorously, adverb
omnivorousness, noun
omnivorism, noun
Can be confused
carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous.
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British Dictionary definitions for omnivorously

omnivorous

/ɒmˈnɪvərəs/
adjective
1.
eating food of both animal and vegetable origin, or any type of food indiscriminately
2.
taking in or assimilating everything, esp with the mind
Derived Forms
omnivorously, adverb
omnivorousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin omnivorus all-devouring, from omni- + vorāre to eat greedily
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Word Origin and History for omnivorously

omnivorous

adj.

1650s, from Latin omnivorus "all-devouring," from omnis "all" (see omni-) + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity). Related: Omnivorously; omnivorousness.

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