carnivorous
adjective Etymology: Latin carnivorus, from carn-, caro + -vorus -vorous Date: 1592 1. subsisting or feeding on animal tissues 2. of a plant subsisting on nutrients obtained from the breakdown of animal protoplasm (as of insects) 3. of or relating to the carnivores 4. rapaciouscarnivorously adverbcarnivorousness nouncarnivory noun

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  • Carnivorous — Car*niv o*rous, a. [L. carnivorus; caro, carnis, flesh + varare to devour.] Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: (a) to animals which naturally seek flesh for food, as the tiger, dog, etc.; (b) to plants which are supposed to absorb… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carnivorous — index predatory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • carnivorous — (adj.) 1640s, from L. carnivorus flesh eating, from caro (gen. carnis) flesh (see CARNAGE (Cf. carnage)) + vorare to devour (see VORACITY (Cf. voracity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • carnivorous — [adj] eating animal flesh cannibal, flesh eating, hungry, omnivorous, predatory, rapacious; concept 401 Ant. vegetarian …   New thesaurus

  • carnivorous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of an animal) feeding on flesh. DERIVATIVES carnivorously adverb carnivorousness noun. ORIGIN Latin carnivorus, from caro flesh …   English terms dictionary

  • carnivorous — [kär niv′ə rəs] adj. [L carnivorus < caro, flesh (see HARVEST) + vorare, to devour (see VORACIOUS)] 1. a) flesh eating: opposed to HERBIVOROUS b) insect eating, as certain plants 2. of the carnivores …   English World dictionary

  • carnivorous — [[t]kɑː(r)nɪ̱vərəs[/t]] 1) ADJ Carnivorous animals eat meat. [TECHNICAL] Snakes are carnivorous, mainly eating small animals such as rats and frogs. 2) ADJ Carnivorous can be used, especially humorously, to describe someone who eats meat. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • carnivorous — carnivorism, n. carnivorously, adv. carnivorousness, n. /kahr niv euhr euhs/, adj. 1. flesh eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal. 2. of the carnivores. [1640 50; < L carnivorus, equiv. to carni (comb. form of caro flesh) + vorus VOROUS] …   Universalium

  • carnivorous — adj. Carnivorous is used with these nouns: ↑mammal …   Collocations dictionary

  • carnivorous — car|niv|o|rous [ kar nıvərəs ] adjective a carnivorous animal eats other animals …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • carnivorous — [kɑːˈnɪv(ə)rəs] adj a carnivorous animal eats other animals …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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