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 ?
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.
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.
We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, avoided our carnivorous enemies, took shelter in the caves at night, and for the rest just sort of played along through life.
Dimensions (by estimation)--Greatest length, eleven feet; height, six feet; head, erect; nostrils, expansive; eyes, expressive and fierce; teeth, serrated and abundant; tail, horizontal, waving, and slightly feline; feet, large and hairy; talons, long, curvated, dangerous; ears, inconspicuous; horns, elongated, diverging, and formidable; colour, plumbeous-ashy, with fiery spots; voice, sonorous, martial, and appalling; habits, gregarious, carnivorous, fierce, and fearless.
Well, we need new blood and new money--and I hear she's still very good-looking," the carnivorous old lady declared.
Now the little trembling hare, which the dread of all her numerous enemies, and chiefly of that cunning, cruel, carnivorous animal, man, had confined all the day to her lurking-place, sports wantonly o'er the lawns; now on some hollow tree the owl, shrill chorister of the night, hoots forth notes which might charm the ears of some modern connoisseurs in music; now, in the imagination of the half-drunk clown, as he staggers through the churchyard, or rather charnelyard, to his home, fear paints the bloody hobgoblin; now thieves and ruffians are awake, and honest watchmen fast asleep; in plain English, it was now midnight; and the company at the inn, as well those who have been already mentioned in this history, as some others who arrived in the evening, were all in bed.
The carnivorous beetles, or Carabidae, appear in extremely few numbers within the tropics: this is the more remarkable when compared to the case of the carnivorous quadrupeds, which are so abundant in hot countries.
I cannot here enter on the copious details which I have collected on this curious subject; but to show how singular the laws are which determine the reproduction of animals under confinement, I may just mention that carnivorous animals, even from the tropics, breed in this country pretty freely under confinement, with the exception of the plantigrades or bear family; whereas, carnivorous birds, with the rarest exceptions, hardly ever lay fertile eggs.
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.
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.
The sea and swamp both were doubtless alive with these mighty, carnivorous amphibians, and if not, the individual that menaced me would pursue me into either the sea or the swamp with equal facility.
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.