Definitions for carnivorouskɑrˈnɪv ər əs
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relating to or characteristic of carnivores
"the lion and other carnivorous animals"
(used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals
"carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic order Canivora.
Predatory or flesh eating.
Insectivorous: capable of trapping insects and absorbing nutrient from them.
Origin: From carnivorus
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 animal food; (c) to substances which destroy animal tissue, as caustics
Origin: [L. carnivorus; caro, carnis, flesh + varare to devour.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The instinct to command others, in its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoted servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.
Translations for carnivorous
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- carnívorCatalan, Valencian
- carnivore, carnassierFrench
- feòil-itheachScottish Gaelic
- carnivoor, vleesetendDutch
- drapieżny, mięsożernyPolish
- carnivoră, carnivorRomanian
- плотоядный, насекомоядный, хищныйRussian
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