noun Etymology: New Latin Insectivora, from Latin insectum + -vorus -vorous Date: 1840 1. any of an order (Insectivora) of small usually nocturnal mammals (as moles, shrews, and hedgehogs) that feed mainly on insects 2. an insectivorous plant or animal

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  • insectivore — [ ɛ̃sɛktivɔr ] adj. et n. m. • 1764; de insecte et vore ♦ Zool. Qui se nourrit principalement ou exclusivement d insectes. ⇒ entomophage. Oiseau insectivore. Plante insectivore. ⇒ carnivore. REM. On dit insecte entomophage. ♢ N. m. pl. LES… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • insectivore — (n.) 1863, from Fr. insectivore (1817), from L. insectivorus, from comb. form of insectum (see INSECT (Cf. insect)) + vorare devour, swallow (see VORACITY (Cf. voracity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Insectivore — In*sec ti*vore, n.; pl. {Insectivores} ( v[=o]rz). [F.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Insectivora. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insectivore — ► NOUN 1) an animal that feeds on insects and other invertebrates. 2) Zoology a mammal of an order (Insectivora) that includes the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs. DERIVATIVES insectivorous adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • insectivore — [in sek′tə vôr΄] n. [Fr < ModL insectivorus: see INSECTIVOROUS] 1. any of an order (Insectivora) of generally small, primitive mammals that are active mainly at night and that feed principally on insects, as moles, shrews, or hedgehogs 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Insectivore —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec l ordre des Insectivora, regroupant les mammifères insectivores. Lézard insectivore en action. Les in …   Wikipédia en Français

  • insectivore — /in sek teuh vawr , vohr /, n. 1. an insectivorous animal or plant. 2. any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs. [1860 65; back formation from INSECTIVOROUS; see VORE] * * * Any member of the… …   Universalium

  • insectivore — UK [ɪnˈsektɪˌvɔː(r)] / US [ɪnˈsektɪˌvɔr] noun [countable] Word forms insectivore : singular insectivore plural insectivores biology an animal or plant that eats insects • See: carnivore Derived word: insectivorous UK [ˌɪnsekˈtɪvərəs] / US… …   English dictionary

  • Insectivore — An insectivore is a type of carnivore with a diet that consists chiefly of insects and similar small creatures.Although individually small, insects exist in enormous numbers and make up a very large part of the animal biomass in almost all non… …   Wikipedia

  • insectivore — noun /ɪnˈsɛktəˌvɔː,ɪnˈsɛktəˌvɔɹ/ a) Insect eating animal or plant. An anteater is an insectivore with a long sticky tongue so it can catch its prey. b) mammal of the now abondaned order Insectivora. Syn: insectivoran See Also: Insectivora,… …   Wiktionary

  • insectivore — (in sè kti vo r ) adj. Terme de zoologie. Qui vit d insectes. •   La carpe, ce poisson insectivore, BERN. DE ST P. Harm. 2. •   Cet appétit de préférence pour la viande crue indique une conformité de nature entre les oiseaux de proie et les… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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