Definition of voracious in English:

voracious

Syllabification: vo·ra·cious
Pronunciation: /vəˈrāSHəs
 
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adjective

  • 1Wanting or devouring great quantities of food: he had a voracious appetite
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    • The method helps the cuckoo chick secure the food supply it needs to satisfy its voracious appetite.
    • Apart from their voracious appetite for native species, another worry is that they will burrow into riverbanks, adding to the problem of erosion.
    • I was a little disturbed that he had a voracious appetite for potato chips and would leave the empty wrappers all over the floor.
    Synonyms
    insatiable, unquenchable, unappeasable, prodigious, uncontrollable, compulsive, gluttonous, greedy, rapacious; enthusiastic, eager, keen, avid, desirous, hungry, ravenous
    informal piggish
    rare esurient
  • 1.1Having a very eager approach to an activity: his voracious reading of literature
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    • Patients chosen for this group were all voracious readers and enjoyed reading either science fiction or fantasy novels.
    • It seem entirely fitting that his own voracious academic and literary activity should be rooted in a city that takes such an obvious pleasure in all that the mind and body can absorb.
    • I am enormously impressed by the warm welcome you gave me, and by all your questions and your voracious enthusiasm.

Derivatives

voraciously

adverb
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  • He read voraciously, including several diaries written by English volunteers, and wanted to create scenes that were both historically accurate and emotionally convincing.
  • Within 20 years the Harlequin had become the most common ladybird in the affected regions, voraciously eating and out-eating the local species.
  • By the early 1970s, we were voraciously recording music onto blank cassettes: LPs, concerts, tunes from the radio.

voraciousness

noun
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  • Such is the voraciousness of the bacteria and the volume of their gaseous effluent that the pressure builds and builds in the bottle until BANG!
  • The downside, of course, is that the voraciousness lends a short shelf life to art works and a seasonal fashion-based mentality sets in; careers often flame out quickly in the art world at a very young age.
  • Now 50 years old, he is beginning to feel his mortality, although, as we are constantly reminded, the advancing years have little effect on his sexual voraciousness.

voracity

Pronunciation: /-ˈrasitē/
noun
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  • Like the shops in museums, commercialism had taken over the church with the same voracity as it had taken over the art world.
  • But each time the fire seemed to outpace the workmen; the exposure to oxygen actually increased the voracity of the inferno.
  • The yellow-and-black, bee-sized common wasps are also found in other types of forests but are most concentrated in honeydew beech forest, where, thanks to their voracity, they have largely displaced German wasps.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin vorax, vorac- (from vorare 'devour') + -ious.

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