carnivorous


carnivorous
carnivorism, n.carnivorously, adv.carnivorousness, n.
/kahr niv"euhr euhs/, adj.
1. flesh-eating: A dog is a carnivorous animal.
2. of the carnivores.
[1640-50; < L carnivorus, equiv. to carni- (comb. form of caro flesh) + -vorus -VOROUS]
Syn. 1. meat-eating, predatory, predacious.

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