Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various small, principally nocturnal mammals that characteristically feed chiefly on insects and other small invertebrates, and including the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.
  • noun An insectivorous organism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An insectivorous animal; one of the Insectivora or Insectivorœ; especially, a member of the order Insectivora.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Insectivora.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Insect-eating animal or plant.
  • noun dated mammal of the now abondaned order Insectivora.

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

  • noun small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
  • noun any organism that feeds mainly on insects

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Īnsectivora, order name : Latin īnsectum, insect; see insect + Latin -vora, neuter pl. of -vorus, -vorous.]

Examples

  • Labels: insectivore, rediscovered posted by Chad Arment @ 1: 31 PM

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  • Labels: insectivore, rediscovered posted by Chad Arment @ 1: 31 PM

    Shrew Rediscovered

  • The narrow-faced insectivore entrepreneur blinked.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The highest form of insectivore left in CONUS is the spider.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Post WW ecology. North America.

  • Humans evolved from insectivore, like most of the primates, to scavenger to hunter and the more meat we ate, the larger and bigger our brains and our bodies got.

    Are we meat eaters or vegetarians? Part I | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Without the immense diversity of fruits, wrote Loren Eiseley in The Immense Journey, “man might still be a nocturnal insectivore gnawing a roach in the dark.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Without the immense diversity of fruits, wrote Loren Eiseley in The Immense Journey, “man might still be a nocturnal insectivore gnawing a roach in the dark.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • Without the immense diversity of fruits, wrote Loren Eiseley in The Immense Journey, “man might still be a nocturnal insectivore gnawing a roach in the dark.”

    The Fruit Hunters

  • There are also four insectivore non-endemic species of bats (Thyroptera discifera, Myotis keaysi, Molossus bondae, and Tadarida aurispinosa) that are found in other neotropical regions excluding Venezuela.

    Cordillera La Costa montane forests

  • There are a few primitive forms that secrete toxins—the platypus has poison spines, and an unusual insectivore on a few Caribbean islands, Solenodon, has grooved fangs and secretes a salivary toxin, and itty-bitty shrews have toxic saliva—but our class just hasn't had much natural talent for venom.

    The Panda's Thumb: June 2005 Archives

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