- an animal that eats flesh.
- a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels.
- an insectivorous plant.
- any placental mammal of the order Carnivora, typically having large pointed canine teeth and sharp molars and premolars, specialized for eating flesh. The order includes cats, dogs, bears, raccoons, hyenas, civets, and weasels
- any other animal or any plant that feeds on animals
- informal an aggressively ambitious person
“flesh-eating animal,” 1839, from French carnivore (16c.), from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating” (see carnivorous).
- An animal that feeds chiefly on the flesh of other animals. Carnivores include predators such as lions and alligators, and scavengers such as hyenas and vultures. In a food chain, carnivores are either secondary or tertiary consumers. Compare detritivore herbivore.
- Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.
- A plant that eats insects, such as a Venus flytrap.
A living thing that eats meat. Among mammals, there is an order of carnivores, including primarily meat-eating animals such as tigers and dogs. Some plants, such as the Venus’s-flytrap, are carnivores.