Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various small, principally nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora, characteristically feeding chiefly on insects and including the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.
  • n. An organism that feeds mainly on insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Insectivora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

New Latin Īnsectivora, order name : Latin īnsectum, insect; see insect + Latin -vora, neuter pl. of -vorus, -vorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • Although people will classify an organism as an omnivore, carnivore, herbivore insectivore WHATEVER!

    The Speculist: Mmmmm...Soylent Green

  • BIOLOGYMainly an insectivore, the Arctic grayling feeds on aquatic and terrestrial insects on or near the surface in streams and in shallow areas of lakes.

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • For example, the tree shrew was changed from an “insectivore” to a “primate” to fit the current theories of primate evolution.

    The Source

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