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Meaning of carnivorous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin carnivorus ( “flesh-eating” )


    • ( US ) IPA: /kɑɹˈnɪv.əɹ.əs/


    carnivorous ( comparative more carnivorous, superlative most carnivorous )

    1. Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic order Canivora .
    2. Predatory or flesh eating .
    3. ( botany ) Insectivorous: capable of trapping insects and absorbing nutrient from them .


Explanation of carnivorous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ( used of plants as well as animals ) feeding on animals

    2. carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects
    3. relating to or characteristic of carnivores

    4. the lion and other carnivorous animals

    Definition of carnivorous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Carnivorous ( kärnĭvorŭs ), a. [L. carnivorus; caro, carnis, flesh + varare to devour.] Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: to animals which naturally seek flesh for food, as the tiger, dog, etc.; to plants which are supposed to absorb animal food; to substances which destroy animal tissue, as caustics.