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Characterized by voracity; devouring.

[From Latin edāx, edāc-, from edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.]

e·dac′i·ty (ĭ-dăs′ĭ-tē) n.


chiefly jocular devoted to eating; voracious; greedy
[C19: from Latin edāx voracious, from edere to eat]
eˈdaciously adv
edacity, eˈdaciousness n


(ɪˈdeɪ ʃəs)

devouring; voracious; consuming.
[1810–20; < Latin edāx, derivative of edere to eat; see -acious]
e•dac•i•ty (ɪˈdæs ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.edacious - devouring or craving food in great quantitiesedacious - devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks"
gluttonous - given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink; "over-fed women and their gluttonous husbands"; "a gluttonous debauch"; "a gluttonous appetite for food and praise and pleasure"


1. Wanting to eat or drink more than one can reasonably consume:
2. Having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit:
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