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Definition of "carnivorous" [car•niv•o•rous]

  • Of or relating to carnivores. (adjective)
  • Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird. (adjective)
  • Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance” ( George F. Will). (adjective)
  • Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them; insectivorous. (adjective)

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 "carnivorous" in a sentence
  • "As recently as the 1990s, Barnes & Noble was known as a carnivorous competitor with the power to wipe out independent bookstores with its steeply discounted books and sprawling stores where customers could sip coffee and read in plush chairs."
  • "Wish they had more veg options for those who do not indulge in carnivorous activities."
  • "“Old Mayan texts refer to carnivorous nocturnal monkeys of a strange blue hue,” says Dr. Francisco Morelia, chair of the anthropology department at the College of San Miguel."