Definition of Carnivorous

1. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of carnivores. "The lion and other carnivorous animals"

Partainyms: Carnivore

2. Adjective. (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals. "Carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"

Definition of Carnivorous

1. a. Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: (a) to animals which naturally seek flesh for food, as the tiger, dog, etc.; (b) to plants which are supposed to absorb animal food; (c) to substances which destroy animal tissue, as caustics.

Definition of Carnivorous

1. Adjective. Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic order ''Canivora''. ¹

2. Adjective. Predatory or flesh eating. ¹

3. Adjective. (botany) Insectivorous: capable of trapping insects and absorbing nutrient from them. ¹

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Definition of Carnivorous

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Carnivorous

1. Flesh-eating; subsisting on animals as food. Synonym: zoophagous. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Carnivorous

carnitine palmitoyltransferase
carnitine racemase
carnivorous (current term)
carnivorous bat
carnivorous plant
carnosine synthetase

Literary usage of Carnivorous

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition: The Use of Food for the Preservation of by Elmer Verner McCollum (1922)
"Other Tissues Make Good the Deficiencies of Muscle Tissue in carnivorous ... All carnivorous animals appear to be partial to fat rather than protein as a ..."

2. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1906)
"This great carnivorous Dinosaur of the Laramie was contemporary with and ... In the preliminary description another large carnivorous Dinosaur found in ..."

3. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1875)
"... be limited to carnivorous races. The reasons for t_- lie in the influence previously explained, of this mode at alimentation on the general development ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1889)
"Probably also din* ing to the carnivorous branch of this order. One of ti known of them is the megalosaurus, an animal of about tl, size and way of living ..."

5. The Natural history of digestion by Alexander Lockhart Gillespie (1904)
"carnivorous PLANTS WHICH snow MOVEMENTS IN THE CAPTURE OF THEIR ... carnivorous plants can live without the extra supply of nutriment derived from captured ..."

6. Organic Remains of a Former World: An Examination of the Mineralized Remains by James Parkinson (1811)
"1 HE following observations on the fossil remains of those which may be more strictly regarded as carnivorous animals, are extremely interesting. ..."

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