carnivoran

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Carnivora +‎ -an.

Adjective[edit]

carnivoran (not comparable)

  1. (zoology) Of or pertaining to the order Carnivora.
    • 1996, John L. Gittleman, Carnivore Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Vol.2, page 486:
      ...the earliest carnivoran diversity appears in the early Miocene rift sediments of East Africa...
    • 2016 November 26, Elsa Panciroli, “Rifling through the 'wastebaskets' of palaeontology reveals surprises”, in The Guardian[1]:
      These creatures are so anatomically similar it’s proven hard to figure out their relationships, both with one another and with later carnivoran groups.

Noun[edit]

carnivoran (plural carnivorans)

  1. (zoology) Any member of the order Carnivora.