carnivorous


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car·niv·o·rous

 (kär-nĭv′ər-əs)
adj.
1. Of or relating to carnivores.
2. Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
3. Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance" (George F. Will).
4. Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them.

[From Latin carnivorus : carō, carn-, flesh; see sker- in Indo-European roots + -vorus, -vorous.]

car·niv′o·rous·ly adv.
car·niv′o·rous·ness n.

carnivorous

(kɑːˈnɪvərəs)
adj
1. (Zoology) (esp of animals) feeding on flesh
2. (Botany) (of plants such as the pitcher plant and sundew) able to trap and digest insects and other small animals
3. (Zoology) of or relating to the Carnivora
4. informal aggressively ambitious or reactionary
[C17: from Latin carnivorus, from carō flesh + vorāre to consume]
carˈnivorously adv
carˈnivorousness n

car•niv•o•rous

(kɑrˈnɪv ər əs)

adj.
1. flesh-eating.
2. of or pertaining to the carnivores.
[1640–50; < Latin carnivorus=carni-, comb. form of carō flesh + -vorus -vorous]
car•niv′o•rism, n.
car•niv′o•rous•ly, adv.
car•niv′o•rous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.carnivorous - relating to or characteristic of carnivores; "the lion and other carnivorous animals"
2.carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
insectivorous - (of animals and plants) feeding on insects
omnivorous - feeding on both plants and animals
Translations
لاحِم: آكل لُحوم
masožravý
kødædende
carnivorepoisson carnassier
kjötætu-; rándÿrs-
mäsožravý
et yiyenetobur

carnivorous

[kɑːˈnɪvərəs] ADJ
1. [animal] → carnívoro
2. (hum) (= non-vegetarian) → carnívoro, no vegetariano

carnivorous

[kɑːrˈnɪvərəs] adj
[animal] → carnivore, carnassier/ière; [plant] → carnivore
[person] → carnivore

carnivorous

carnivorous

[kɑːˈnɪvrəs] adjcarnivoro/a

carnivore

(ˈkaːnivoː) noun
a flesh-eating animal. The lion is a carnivore.
carˈnivorous adjective

car·niv·o·rous

a. carnívoro-a.
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps, deep down, the reason is that there still vibrates in the masculine blood the thrilling surprise of the moment when man first realised that the angel woman was built upon the same carnivorous principles as his grosser self.
They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.
In another moment he had beaten off the Hyena-swine with the handle of his whip, and he and Montgomery were keeping away the excited carnivorous Beast People, and particularly M'ling, from the still quivering body.
The bare idea of this is no doubt horribly repulsive to us, but at the same time I think that we should remember how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit.
The inn-keeper himself was a man of from forty to fifty-five years of age, tall, strong, and bony, a perfect specimen of the natives of those southern latitudes; he had dark, sparkling, and deep-set eyes, hooked nose, and teeth white as those of a carnivorous animal; his hair, like his beard, which he wore under his chin, was thick and curly, and in spite of his age but slightly interspersed with a few silvery threads.
The instant Betts Shoreham saw that he was to have an interview with the charming French girl, instead of with Julia Monson, his countenance brightened; and, as if supposing the circumstance proof of his success, he seized the governess' hand, and carried it to his lips in a very carnivorous fashion.
EVIDENTLY that gate is never opened, for the long grass and the great hemlocks grow close against it, and if it were opened, it is so rusty that the force necessary to turn it on its hinges would be likely to pull down the square stone-built pillars, to the detriment of the two stone lionesses which grin with a doubtful carnivorous affability above a coat of arms surmounting each of the pillars.
He is carnivorous also, and will even attack and conquer the lordly buffalo, dragging his huge carcass to the neighborhood of his den, that he may prey upon it at his leisure.
I am not myself prepared to go farther than to say in general terms that we have almost certainly been in contact to-night with some form of carnivorous dinosaur.
But its general shape must be what I have indicated, and it can run up a curtain, and it is carnivorous.
Well, we need new blood and new money--and I hear she's still very good-looking," the carnivorous old lady declared.
It is a carnivorous plant of about the bigness of a large sage-brush such as dots our western plains.