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Meaning of carnivore by Wiktionary Dictionary

carnivore


    Etymology

    Ultimately from Latin carnivorus .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈkɑːnɪvɔː/
    • IPA: /ˈkɑːɹ.nɪ.vɔr/

    Noun

    carnivore ( plural: carnivores )

    1. Any animal that eats meat as the main part of its diet .
    2. ( taxonomy ) A mammal belonging to the order Carnivora .

    Usage notes

    Not all meat-eaters ( e.g. meat-eating birds and fish ) belong to Carnivora, and all Carnivora are not meat-eaters ( e.g. giant panda ). To avoid the confusion, a new term carnivoran has been introduced to mean "belonging to Carnivora" .

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Explanation of carnivore by Wordnet Dictionary

carnivore


    Noun
    1. any animal that feeds on flesh

    2. Tyrannosaurus Rex was a large carnivore
      insectivorous plants are considered carnivores
    3. a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal

    4. terrestrial carnivores have four or five clawed digits on each limb


    Definition of carnivore by GCIDE Dictionary

    carnivore


    1. Carnivore ( kärnĭvōr ), n. [Cf. F. carnivore.] ( Zoöl. ) One of the Carnivora.