omnivory

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omnivory (uncountable)

  1. The consumption of both animal and plant matter, or of material from multiple trophic levels; the act or condition of being omnivorous.
    • 1995, Advances in Ecological Research, volume 26 (ISBN 008056710X), page 151:
      Omnivory has often been presumed to be rare in food webs because its presence in theoretical models has been shown to be destabilizing (Pimm, 1982) []
    • 2005, Micky D. Eubanks, The Biology of Omnivores and the Ecology of Omnivore-Prey Interactions, in Ecology of Predator-Prey Interactions (ISBN 0195171209), page 3:
      Until recently, omnivory (i.e., feeding at multiple trophic levels) was thought to be rare in nature. It is now realized that omnivory is a widespread feeding habit []