Etymology
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carnivorous (adj.)

"eating or feeding on flesh," 1640s, from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating, feeding on flesh," from caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (originally "a piece of flesh," from PIE root *sker- (1) "to cut") + vorare "to devour" (from PIE root *gwora- "food, devouring"). Related: Carnivorously; carnivorousness; carnivoracity.

updated on October 09, 2017

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Definitions of carnivorous from WordNet

carnivorous (adj.)
relating to or characteristic of carnivores;
the lion and other carnivorous animals
carnivorous (adj.)
(used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals;
carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects
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