Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flesh-eating animal.
  • n. Any of various predatory, flesh-eating mammals of the order Carnivora, including the dogs, cats, bears, weasels, hyenas, and raccoons.
  • n. One who victimizes or injures others; a predator.
  • n. An insectivorous plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any animal that eats meat as the main part of its diet.
  • n. A mammal belonging to the order Carnivora.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Carnivora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carnivorous animal; one of the Carnivora.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any animal that feeds on flesh
  • n. a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal

Etymologies

From French, meat-eating, from Latin carnivorus; see carnivorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin carnivorus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Camera traps, said Lyren, are widely used in carnivore research because they help document the behavior and distribution of these more elusive, often-nocturnal animals … This camera trap is on the former El Toro Marine Base, an area that burned last week in the Orange County Santiago Fire.

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  • 'New Bornean carnivore' is most likely a little known flying squirrel

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  • And the thing that broke my heart wasn’t that she didn’t know the definition of the word carnivore; I could live with that.

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  • For the owners of the Ivy to worry about people thinking they are just for VIPs is a little like a lion getting upset for being called a carnivore.

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  • At some point, Leaellynasaura, a Lower Cretaceous hypsilophodontid from Victoria, Australia, was described as a carnivore when it, like all hypsilophodontids, is actually an herbivore.

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  • St. John is known as a carnivore's paradise -- its signature dish is roast bone marrow, served with a parsley salad -- but Mr. Rowe says the restaurant's insistence on British cuisine has resulted in widespread use of local fruits and vegetables.

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  • One of them is an FBI tool called carnivore which some people may have heard of.

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  • "This may explain why the panda diet is primarily herbivorous even though it is classified as a carnivore," says Wang.

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  • Black bears are classified as a carnivore, though most of their diet consists of vegetation, fruits, nuts and roots.

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  • I also became a ravenous carnivore, which is good, because protein is something to eat a lot of during chemo.

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