Definition of omnivore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈämnəˌvôr/


An animal or person that eats food of both plant and animal origin.
Example sentences
  • Based on feeding habits, researchers broadly classify ray-finned fishes as herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, zooplanktivores and detrivores.
  • Ambush foragers typically respond visually to moving prey, but omnivores and herbivores may frequently need to identify immobile plant parts as food.
  • In the second part, the herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores are divided into large and small categories for comparison within and between subregions.


Late 19th century: from French, from Latin omnivorus 'omnivorous'.

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