carnivorous


carnivorous

adjective

  1. flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
  2. of the carnivores.

adjective

  1. (esp of animals) feeding on flesh
  2. (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
  3. of or relating to the Carnivora
  4. informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
adj.

1640s, from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating, feeding on flesh,” from caro (genitive carnis) “flesh” (see carnage) + vorare “to devour” (see voracity).

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