from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to carnivores.
- adj. Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
- adj. Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance” ( George F. Will).
- adj. Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them; insectivorous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to carnivores, or the taxonomic order Canivora.
- adj. Predatory or flesh eating.
- adj. Insectivorous: capable of trapping insects and absorbing nutrient from them.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: (a) to animals which naturally seek flesh for food, as the tiger, dog, etc.; (b) to plants which are supposed to absorb animal food; (c) to substances which destroy animal tissue, as caustics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eating or feeding on flesh; subsisting upon animal food: applied to animals which naturally seek animal food, as the lion, tiger, dog, wolf, etc.; also to plants which feed upon insects, as the Drosera or sundew, the Pinguicula, the Dionæa or Venus's flytrap, and the various pitcher-bearing plants.
- Specifically— In mammalogy, of or pertaining to the Carnivora; carnivoral; carnassial. In entomology, of or pertaining to the Carnivora; adephagous; predatory.
- In odontography, trenchant; sectorial; carnassial: as, a carnivorous molar or premolar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of carnivores
- adj. (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals
From Latin carnivorus : carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots + -vorus, -vorous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin carnivorus ("flesh-eating") (Wiktionary)