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voracious

[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈreɪ ʃəs, voʊ-, və-/
adjective
1.
craving or consuming large quantities of food:
a voracious appetite.
2.
exceedingly eager or avid:
voracious readers; a voracious collector.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; voraci(ty) + -ous
Related forms
voraciously, adverb
voraciousness, noun
unvoracious, adjective
unvoraciously, adverb
unvoraciousness, noun
Can be confused
veracious, vociferous, voracious.
Synonyms
1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.
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British Dictionary definitions for voraciousness

voracious

/vɒˈreɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
devouring or craving food in great quantities
2.
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 voraciousness

voracious

adj.

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

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