voracious

[vaw-rey-shuhs, voh-, vuh-]
adjective
1.
craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.
2.
exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.

Origin:
1625–35; voraci(ty) + -ous

voraciously, adverb
voraciousness, noun
unvoracious, adjective
unvoraciously, adverb
unvoraciousness, noun

veracious, vociferous, voracious.


1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.
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voracious (vɒˈreɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  devouring or craving food in great quantities
2.  very eager or unremitting in some activity: voracious reading
 
[C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour]
 
vo'raciously
 
adv
 
voracity
 
n
 
vo'raciousness
 
n

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voracious
1635, formed as an adj. form of voracity (1526), from M.Fr. voracité, from L. voracitatem (nom. voracitas) "greediness, ravenousness," from vorax (gen. voracis) "greedy," from vorare "to devour," from PIE base *gwer- "to swallow, devour" (cf. Skt. girati "he swallows," garah "drink;" Gk. bora
"food;" Lith. geriu "to drink;" O.C.S. ziro "to swallow," grulo "gullet").
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Example sentences
Multiple predators, including crabs and flocks of gulls, voraciously prey on
  hatchlings during this short scamper.
The fed has an audience of readers who will voraciously devour every word,
  regardless of how well they are presented.
He followed the lady to her castle and ate voraciously of her supper, but was
  quite impenetrable to all her amorous advances.
These anaerobic bugs make ethanol by voraciously consuming syngas.
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