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[rav-uh-nuh s] /ˈræv ə nəs/

extremely hungry; famished; voracious:
feeling ravenous after a hard day’s work.
extremely rapacious:
a ravenous jungle beast.
intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.
famished; starving
rapacious; voracious

late 14c., “obsessed with plundering, extremely greedy,” from Old French ravinos, of people, “rapacious, violent,” of water, “swift-flowing,” from raviner “to seize,” from ravine “violent rush, robbery” (see ravine). Meaning “voracious, very hungry” is from early 15c. Related: Ravenously; ravenousness.


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