carnivorous definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or associated with carnivores.
    • Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
    • Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance” ( George F. Will).
    • Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and taking in nutrients from their website; insectivorous.
    • Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic purchase Canivora.
    • Predatory or flesh-eating.
    • Insectivorous: effective at trapping insects and taking in nutrient from them.
    • Consuming or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: (a) to pets which normally seek flesh for food, as tiger, puppy, etc.; (b) to plants which are designed to soak up pet meals; (c) to substances which ruin animal tissue, as caustics.
    • associated with or characteristic of carnivores
    • (used of plants along with pets) feeding on animals
  • others:
    • Consuming or feeding on flesh; subsisting upon animal food: applied to creatures which naturally look for pet food, while the lion, tiger, puppy, wolf, etc.; also to plants which supply upon bugs, due to the fact Drosera or sundew, the Pinguicula, the Dionæa or Venus's-flytrap, and the various pitcher-bearing flowers.
    • especially— In mammalogy, of or pertaining to the Carnivora; carnivoral; carnassial. In entomology, of or regarding the Carnivora; adephagous; predatory.
    • In odontography, trenchant; sectorial; carnassial: because, a carnivorous molar or premolar.

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