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Definitions for carnivorous
kɑrˈnɪv ər əscar·niv·o·rous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carnivorousadjective

    relating to or characteristic of carnivores

    "the lion and other carnivorous animals"

  2. carnivorousadjective

    (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals

    "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"


  1. carnivorousadjective

    Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic order Canivora.

  2. carnivorousadjective

    Predatory or flesh eating.

  3. carnivorousadjective

    Insectivorous: capable of trapping insects and absorbing nutrient from them.

  4. Etymology: From carnivorus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Carnivorousadjective

    Flesh-eating; that of which flesh is the proper food.

    Etymology: from carnis and voro.

    In birds there is no mastication or comminution of the meat in the mouth; but in such as are not carnivorous, it is immediately swallowed into the crop or crow. John Ray, on the Creation.

    Man is by his frame, as well as his appetite, a carnivorous animal. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. carnivorous

    A carnivore , or meat-eater (Latin, caro, genitive carnis, meaning meat or "flesh" and vorare meaning "to devour"), is an animal or plant whose food and energy requirements derive from animal tissues (mainly muscle, fat and other soft tissues) whether through hunting or scavenging.


  1. carnivorous

    Carnivorous refers to an organism, typically an animal, that feeds primarily or exclusively on other animals. This includes both predators that hunt and kill their prey, and scavengers that consume animals that have already died. In some cases, it can also refer to plants, like the Venus flytrap, which supplement their nutrition by catching and digesting insects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carnivorousadjective

    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

  2. Etymology: [L. carnivorus; caro, carnis, flesh + varare to devour.]


  1. Carnivorous

    a feeder upon flesh food.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnivorous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carnivorous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of carnivorous in a Sentence

  1. Samantha Leigh:

    Given that bonnetheads have a digestive system that resembles that of closely-related species that we know to be strict carnivores, we need to re-think what it means to have a ‘carnivorous gut’.

  2. Qianshi Lin:

    What's particularly unique about this carnivorous plant is that it traps insects near its insect-pollinated flowers, on the surface, this seems like a conflict between carnivory and pollination because you don't want to kill the insects that are helping you reproduce.

  3. Sebastian Apesteguia:

    This print is bigger than any other we have found to date in the area, it is a record in size for carnivorous dinosaurs from the end of the Cretaceous period in South America.

  4. Juan Canale:

    For the first time we know, in a lot of detail, about certain parts of the anatomy of these giant carnivorous dinosaurs.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    A smile cures all forms of sickness, yet behind many smiles lies a set of very sharp teeth, carnivorous and rarely satisfied.

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