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CARNIVOROUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does carnivorous mean? 

CARNIVOROUS (adjective)
  The adjective CARNIVOROUS has 2 senses:

1. relating to or characteristic of carnivores
2. (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals

  Familiarity information: CARNIVOROUS used as an adjective is rare.


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CARNIVOROUS (adjective)


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Meaning:

Relating to or characteristic of carnivores

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the lion and other carnivorous animals

Pertainym:

carnivore (a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal)


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Meaning:

(used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals

Context example:

carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects

Similar:

flesh-eating; meat-eating; zoophagous ((of animals) carnivorous)

piscivorous (feeding on fishes)

predaceous; predacious (hunting and killing other animals for food)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Antonym:

herbivorous (feeding only on plants)

insectivorous ((of animals and plants) feeding on insects)

omnivorous (feeding on both plants and animals)


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