carnivore

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French carnivore, from Latin carnivorus. In the zoological sense, coined by William Whewell in 1840 as an adaptation of Cuvier's coinage, French carnivore.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑːnɪvɔː/
  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑːɹ.nɪ.vɔɹ/
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Noun[edit]

carnivore (plural carnivores)

  1. An organism that feeds chiefly on animals; an animal that feeds on meat as the main part of its diet.
    Synonyms: meat-eater, zoophage
    As juveniles the crocodiles are frequently predated by larger carnivores.
  2. (zoology) A mammal belonging to the order Carnivora.
    Synonym: carnivoran
    The panda and the panther are both carnivores.
  3. (informal) A person who is not a vegetarian.
    Synonyms: meat-eater, meatarian, (often humorous) meatatarian, (now rare) kreophagist, nonvegetarian
  4. A follower of the carnivore diet (consuming only animal-based products, such as meat, eggs and dairy)

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Not all meat-eaters (e.g. meat-eating birds and fish) belong to Carnivora, and not all Carnivora are meat-eaters (e.g. giant panda). To avoid the confusion, a new term carnivoran has been introduced to mean "belonging to Carnivora".

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin carnivorus.

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Adjective[edit]

carnivore (plural carnivores)

  1. carnivorous (predatory or flesh-eating)

Noun[edit]

carnivore m (plural carnivores)

  1. carnivore

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

carnivore

  1. feminine plural of carnivoro

Noun[edit]

carnivore f

  1. plural of carnivora

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

carnivore

  1. vocative masculine singular of carnivorus