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[in-sek-tuh-vawr, -vohr] /ɪnˈsɛk təˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/

an animal or plant.
any mammal of the order Insectivora, comprising the moles, shrews, and Old World hedgehogs.
any placental mammal of the order Insectivora, being typically small, with simple teeth, and feeding on invertebrates. The group includes shrews, moles, and hedgehogs
any animal or plant that derives nourishment from insects

1863, from French insectivore (1817), from Latin insectivorus, from comb. form of insectum (see insect) + vorare “devour, swallow” (see voracity).

insectivorous adjective


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