Definition of insectivore in English:

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insectivore

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈsɛktɪvɔː/

noun

1An animal that feeds on insects, worms, and other invertebrates.
Example sentences
  • Gallus gallus is an herbivore and insectivore.
  • It seems, however, that insectivores and fruit-eating omnivores exhibit different migration strategies, each with an associated suite of morphological and behavioral adaptations to overcome the physical challenges of migration.
  • Omnivores and insectivores exhibit different fuel-use strategies to overcome the physiological challenges of migration.
1.1 Zoology A mammal of the order Insectivora.
Example sentences
  • All moles are insectivores and all of them are great tunnelers.
  • Aside from the obvious connotation of a burrowing insectivore, a mole could also mean a small congenital growth on the human skin, usually slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy.
  • The insectivore hedgehog has an unclear evolutionary-rate pattern, as shown by the inconsistent results obtained with the two different tests.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin insectivorus, from insectum (see insect) + -vorus 'devouring', on the pattern of Latin carnivorus 'carnivorous'.

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