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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. An order of Mammallia including the lion, tiger, wolf bear, seal, etc. They are adapted by their structure to feed upon flesh, though some of them, as the bears, also eat vegetable food. The teeth are large and sharp, suitable for cutting flesh, and the jaws powerful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • [lowercase] In general, carnivorous animals; animals that feed on flesh.
  • In Cuvier's system of classification, the carnivorous mammals proper; the Carnaria or Carnassia of Cuvier without the Insectivora, the Chiroptera, and the carnivorous Marsupialia, forming the third family of his Carnaria, and divided into the tribes Plantigrada, Digitigrada, and Amphibia (or Pinnigrada, the seals, etc.).
  • In entomology, in Latreille's system, the first family of pentamerous Coleoptera, or beetles: synonymous with Adephaga.

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  • n. cats; lions; tigers; panthers; dogs; wolves; jackals; bears; raccoons; skunks; and members of the suborder Pinnipedia

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  • These include such things as squalene (from shark liver oil), carnivorous plant extracts such as carnivora (venus fly trap), didrovaltrate which is an herbal extract from the Himalayan valerian plant; Acetaldehyde; benzaldehyde;

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  • The details consisted principally of cave-dwellings and cracked marrow-bones, intersprinkled with fierce carnivora, hairy mammoths, and combats with rude flaked knives of flint; but the sensations were delicious.

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  • Over hundreds and thousands of years, large carnivora like the tiger, the jaguar, the lion, the big cats that feed on other animals, have never got along with man, anywhere on the planet.

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  • The 48 mammal species include Chacma baboon Papio cynocephalus ursinus, 5 species of carnivora including the blackbacked jackal Canis mesomelas, ardwolf Proteles cristatus and serval Felis serval, 11 species of artiodactyla and 16 species of rodentia, 11 of which last are endemic to South Africa.

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  • In fact, Haldane gives two examples where the evolutionary rates accord with his calculations average rate of speciation in the carnivora, and mammalia on page 522, his conclusion: “the agreement with the theory developed here is satisfactory”.

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  • But these formidable carnivora did not exist in the island, or at any rate they had not yet shown themselves.

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  • Herbert much regretted that Top had not been able to catch one of these carnivora.

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  • Skins of carnivora or the wool of ruminants must be procured at any price, and since there were plenty of musmons, it was agreed to consult on the means of forming a flock which might be brought up for the use of the colony.

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  • According to the sailor, any animal, whatever it was, would be a lawful prize, and the rodents or carnivora which might get into the new snares would be well received at Granite House.

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  • An antelope with shorter or weaker legs must necessarily suffer more from the attacks of the feline carnivora; the passenger pigeon with less powerful wings would sooner or later be affected in its powers of procuring a regular supply of food; and in both cases the result must necessarily be a diminution of the population of the modified species.

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