insectivore

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From French insectivore. In the zoological sense, coined by William Whewell in 1840 as an adaptation of Cuvier's coinage, French insectivore. The French terms reflect scientific New Latin origins; surface analysis, insect +‎ -i- +‎ -vore.

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insectivore (plural insectivores)

  1. Insect-eating animal or plant.
    An anteater is an insectivore with a long sticky tongue to catch its prey.
  2. (zoology, dated) mammal of the now abandoned order Insectivora.
    Synonym: insectivoran

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insecte +‎ -vore

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insectivore (plural insectivores)

  1. insectivorous

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insectivore m (plural insectivores)

  1. insectivore

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