Carnivore



an animal that eats flesh.
a flesh-eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels.
an insectivorous plant.
Contemporary Examples

In Area D the child’s right foot bones were discovered with “carnivore damage.”
Did They Get Her? Diane Dimond June 14, 2011

Historical Examples

It is more subtle in its operation but of the same order of ruthlessness as the ravages of a carnivore.
Makers of British Botany; a collection of biographies by living botanists Various

The pirate-wasp was a carnivore, but this was the season when the wasps raised young.
The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster

It was the reek of a skunk, stalked by a carnivore and defending itself as skunks do.
Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins

The humerus resembles that of a carnivore rather than that of an Ungulate.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

There was nothing much out-of-the-way about it—a feline sort of carnivore, something like a marten.
Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams

But I learned that though I am a carnivore yet I have not the pluck to be a vulture.
The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson

A mutter became a growl, teeth gleamed—those cruel teeth of a carnivore to whom they were weapons of aggression.
Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton

“Some carnivore of yours has remembered its old habits,” I said after a pause.
The Island of Doctor Moreau H. G. Wells

Visher (1914:90) reported that this carnivore was “generally considered as abundant.”
Mammals of Northwestern South Dakota Kenneth W. Andersen

noun
any placental mammal of the order Carnivora, typically having large pointed canine teeth and sharp molars and premolars, specialized for eating flesh. The order includes cats, dogs, bears, raccoons, hyenas, civets, and weasels
any other animal or any plant that feeds on animals
(informal) an aggressively ambitious person
n.

“flesh-eating animal,” 1839, from French carnivore (16c.), from Latin carnivorus “flesh-eating” (see carnivorous).
carnivore
(kär’nə-vôr’)

An animal that feeds chiefly on the flesh of other animals. Carnivores include predators such as lions and alligators, and scavengers such as hyenas and vultures. In a food chain, carnivores are either secondary or tertiary consumers. Compare detritivore, herbivore.

Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.

A plant that eats insects, such as a Venus flytrap.

carnivore [(kahr-nuh-vawr)]

A living thing that eats meat. Among mammals, there is an order of carnivores, including primarily meat-eating animals such as tigers and dogs. Some plants, such as the Venus’s-flytrap, are carnivores.

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