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Carnivore

/ˈkärnəˌvôr/

Noun, pl. carnivores

1. An organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging. (wikipedia.org)

2. An animal that feeds on flesh. (Google Dictionary)

3. A mammal of the order Carnivora. (Google Dictionary)

4. A terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

5 An animal or plant (particularly insect- and invertebrate-eating plants) that requires a staple diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue through predation or scavenging. (biology-online.org)

 

Word origin: Latin, carne meaning ‘flesh’ and vorare meaning ‘to devour.’

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