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Definition of "carnivore" [car•ni•vore]

  • A flesh-eating animal. (noun)
  • Any of various predatory, flesh-eating mammals of the order Carnivora, including the dogs, cats, bears, weasels, hyenas, and raccoons. (noun)
  • One who victimizes or injures others; a predator. (noun)
  • An insectivorous plant. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carnivore" in a sentence
  • "Camera traps, said Lyren, are widely used in carnivore research because they help document the behavior and distribution of these more elusive, often-nocturnal animals … This camera trap is on the former El Toro Marine Base, an area that burned last week in the Orange County Santiago Fire."
  • "'New Bornean carnivore' is most likely a little known flying squirrel"
  • "And the thing that broke my heart wasn’t that she didn’t know the definition of the word carnivore; I could live with that."