insectivorous


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in·sec·tiv·o·rous

 (ĭn′sĕk-tĭv′ər-əs)
adj.
1. Feeding on insects and other small invertebrates.
2. Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them.

insectivorous

(ˌɪnsɛkˈtɪvərəs)
adj
1. (Biology) feeding on or adapted for feeding on insects: insectivorous plants.
2. (Animals) of or relating to the order Insectivora

in•sec•tiv•o•rous

(ˌɪn sɛkˈtɪv ər əs)

adj.
feeding chiefly on insects.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insectivorous - (of animals and plants) feeding on insects
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
herbivorous - feeding only on plants
omnivorous - feeding on both plants and animals
Translations
حَشَري، مُقْتات على الحَشَرات
hmyzožravý
insektædende
rovarevő
sem lifir á skordÿrum
hmyzožravý
böcek yiyen

insectivorous

[ˌɪnsekˈtɪvərəs] ADJinsectívoro

insectivorous

insectivorous

[ˌɪnsɛkˈtɪvərəs] adjinsettivoro/a

insect

(ˈinsekt) noun
any of many kinds of small six-legged creatures with wings and a body divided into sections. We were bothered by flies, wasps and other insects.
insecticide (inˈsektisaid) noun
a substance (usually in powder or liquid form) for killing insects.
ˌinsecˈtivorous (-ˈtivərəs) adjective
(of plants or animals) feeding (mainly) on insects.
ˈinsect repellent noun
a chemical preparation that repels insects.
References in classic literature ?
The effect on the insects must have been still greater, for six insectivorous birds were very common in the plantations, which were not to be seen on the heath; and the heath was frequented by two or three distinct insectivorous birds.
Hence, if certain insectivorous birds (whose numbers are probably regulated by hawks or beasts of prey) were to increase in Paraguay, the flies would decrease--then cattle and horses would become feral, and this would certainly greatly alter (as indeed I have observed in parts of South America) the vegetation: this again would largely affect the insects; and this, as we just have seen in Staffordshire, the insectivorous birds, and so onwards in ever-increasing circles of complexity.
I will spare you the familiar examples of the sensitive mimosa, the several insectivorous flowers and those whose stamens bend down and shake their pollen upon the entering bee in order that he may fertilize their distant mates.
This is the tidbit which tempts his insectivorous fate.
Despite all their teeth, newly-hatched caymans are not the ferocious meat gobblers portrayed but largely insectivorous.
Marquis and Whelan argue in their Ecology paper that to maintain productivity, "forest-management practices should promote the conservation of insectivorous birds.
The nucleotide sequence identified a viral variant associated with rabies in insectivorous bats.
We provide information on the occurrence of the insectivorous bats Centronycteris maximiliani (Fisher, 1829) and Micronycteris daviesi (Hill, 1964) in Venezuela.
Use of vegetated urban parks by insectivorous bats in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The rodent hantavirus and the insectivorous hantaviruses were thought to have co-evolved with their specific rodent and insectivorous hosts over millions of years (8).
Birds that forage in herbaceous/terrestrial microhabitats and that have insectivorous-omnivorous diet, such as strict insectivorous birds of the herbaceous stratum, had a positive correlation with grass cover in DryGr areas, their foraging microhabitat.
They are thought to be more insectivorous than other species of slow loris, although are also known to hunt other prey.