Definitions

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

  • adj. Characterized by voracity; devouring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having an insatiable appetite; voracious, ravenous, piggish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to eating; voracious; devouring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eating; given to eating; greedy; voracious.

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

  • adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities

Etymologies

From Latin edāx, edāc-, from edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin edācī ("gluttonous, greedy") + -ous (adjectival suffix), from edō ("to eat"). Etymological twin to esurient ("very hungry or greedy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They do not realize we are going to have a recession no matter what they do, and many times these panicked actions by Washington and its edacious appetite for more power only make things worse.

    Alan Schram: Washington Overreacts

  • Is the writerly part of me so insensitive, so edacious, that I while I am struck with sorrow a part of me is looking for ways to express it in writing? posted by Dean at

    unimaginable

  • I had a prof. several semesters ago who constantly spoke of the "edacious deglutition of pig".

    languagehat.com: ADMINICLE.

  • PETER DEWAR, BURKE'S LANDED GENTRY: I think Princess Margaret will go down in the world history books as someone who is very glamorous, very edacious (ph), and indeed very hard working, especially in her earlier years, because she did undertake a great many Royal duties of one kind or another.

    CNN Transcript Feb 11, 2002

  • The instant you enter the Thunderbird, you are overcome with an edacious distaste and a puncturing depression.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

  • After this Hugo, not contented with the tragedy of the edacious murderer, gives us seven pages of his favourite rhetoric in _saccadé_ paragraphs on the general question.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 To the Close of the 19th Century

  • Occasionally the road must be set back, and once the lighthouse was moved back from the cliffs, eaten away by the edacious tooth of the sea.

    Among the Forces

  • I reminded my talented young parishioner and friend that Concord Bridge had long since yielded to the edacious tooth of Time.

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell

  • For Time, all-edacious and all-feracious, does run on: and the Seven

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • For Time, all-edacious and all - feracious, does run on: and the Seven Sleepers, awakening hungry after a hundred years, find that it is not their old nurses who can now give them suck!

    Past and Present

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