adjective Etymology: Latin carnivorus, from carn-, caro + -vorus -vorous Date: 1592 1. subsisting or feeding on animal tissues 2. of a plant subsisting on nutrients obtained from the breakdown of animal protoplasm (as of insects) 3. of or relating to the carnivores 4. rapaciouscarnivorously adverbcarnivorousness nouncarnivory noun

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  • carnivorous — (adj.) 1640s, from L. carnivorus flesh eating, from caro (gen. carnis) flesh (see CARNAGE (Cf. carnage)) + vorare to devour (see VORACITY (Cf. voracity)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • carnivorous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of an animal) feeding on flesh. DERIVATIVES carnivorously adverb carnivorousness noun. ORIGIN Latin carnivorus, from caro flesh …   English terms dictionary

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  • carnivorous — carnivorism, n. carnivorously, adv. carnivorousness, n. /kahr niv euhr euhs/, adj. 1. flesh eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal. 2. of the carnivores. [1640 50; < L carnivorus, equiv. to carni (comb. form of caro flesh) + vorus VOROUS] …   Universalium

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