electrovore

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

electro- +‎ -vore

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛktɹəvɔː(ɹ)/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

electrovore (plural electrovores)

  1. (science fiction) An organism or entity which feeds on electricity.
    • 1984, Peter Forbes, "The silicon solution", New Scientist, 8 November 1984:
      In Cosmos, Carl Sagan speculates on the existence of extraterrestrial civilisations, which he characterises pretentiously by means of hypothetical summaries such as: "cryogen supercooled electrovores with neutron crystal dense packing and modular starminers ..."
    • 1998 October 30, Rollin Thomas, “New Borg Graduate Student.”, in talk.bizarre, Usenet[1]:
      ! WE DO NOT CONSUME EARTH FOOD. WE ARE ELECTROVORES. IF YOU
      ! HAVE A SURGE PROTECTOR WE WOULD BE MOST OBLIGED.
    • 2013, Ian Douglas, Deep Space: Star Carrier, HarperCollins (2013), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      There were, Gregory knew, AIs residing within implants in dolphin brains now designed to bridge the linguistic barriers between the species, but those translations had only proven that dolphin brains were as alien to humans as the group minds of the abyssal electrovores inhabiting the under-ice ocean of Enceladus.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:electrovore.