- flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
- of the carnivores.
- (esp of animals) feeding on flesh
- (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
- of or relating to the Carnivora
- informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
1640s, from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating, feeding on flesh,” from caro (genitive carnis) “flesh” (see carnage) + vorare “to devour” (see voracity).