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[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və-/
craving or consuming large quantities of food:
a voracious appetite.
exceedingly eager or avid:
voracious readers; a voracious collector.
Origin of voracious
1625-35; voraci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
voraciously, adverb
voraciousness, noun
unvoracious, adjective
unvoraciously, adverb
unvoraciousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for voracious
  • At the same time, every academic author is a voracious user of scholarly work.
  • voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs.
  • Though his days were consumed with farm work, he was a voracious reader.
  • They are voracious predators, feeding at night and generally staying close to the bottom.
  • They will educate themselves because human beings are voracious consumers of information.
  • Folks still feel anonymous in an anonymous landscape, and real-estate developers are still the voracious bad guys.
  • They are only more reckless and marginally more voracious.
  • Choanoflagellates are voracious single-cell predators.
  • Brown and rainbow trout, not native at higher elevations, are voracious consumers of tadpoles.
  • voracious beetles can't get enough of that purple stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for voracious


devouring or craving food in great quantities
very eager or unremitting in some activity: voracious reading
Derived Forms
voraciously, adverb
voracity (vɒˈræsɪtɪ), voraciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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Word Origin and History for voracious

1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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