Definition of carnivorous in English:

carnivorous

Syllabification: car·niv·o·rous
Pronunciation: /kärˈnivərəs
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of an animal) feeding on other animals.
    More example sentences
    • Most of these turtles are carnivorous, feeding on mollusks, crustaceans, aquatic insects, fish, and amphibians.
    • If a pack of carnivorous mammals were to chase a lone prey animal into the tar pits, both predators and prey would become trapped.
    • Much fossil evidence has been uncovered supporting the idea that birds evolved from a group of bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs called theropods.
    Synonyms
    meat-eating, flesh-eating, predatory; raptorial
  • 1.1(Of a plant) able to trap and digest small animals, especially insects.
    More example sentences
    • There's a botanical garden with carnivorous plants on display.
    • The Venus fly trap is an endemic carnivorous plant growing on sandy soils in the central south-eastern coastal plain of North America.
    • One of the most common pairings for a terrarium are carnivorous plants and orchids.

Derivatives

carnivorously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Two adobo-rubbed lamb chops arrive grilled exactly as ordered, carnivorously comely in their spicy West African peanut sauce and marvelously garnished with a savory minced lamb pie.
  • When I moved to Montreal a couple of years ago, I began to eat more carnivorously and now, I occasionally enjoy a smoked meat sandwich or BBQ.
  • Before you carnivorously chow down, spend some time to find out about that chunk of flesh on your plate.

carnivorousness

noun
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  • Au Pied de Cochon is an unabashed celebration of carnivorousness.
  • What brings them here is, in the main, dishes of extreme carnivorousness: tripe soup, goat meat (with French fries or Spanish rice and beans, $5), oxtail, and meat balls (ditto).
  • I embraced my newfound carnivorousness wholeheartedly and sampled such things as goat and ostrich.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin carnivorus, from caro, carn- 'flesh' + -vorus (see -vorous).

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