Definitions

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

  • n. An omnivorous person or animal.
  • n. One that takes in everything available, as with the mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An animal which is able to consume both plants (like a herbivore) and meat (like a carnivore).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An omnivorous animal, or one whose food is extremely varied in its character. Good examples of omnivores are to be found in some of the small monkeys that feed on fruit, eggs, insects, and birds. Correlative with herbivore, carnivore, etc.

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

  • n. a person who eats all kinds of foods
  • n. an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances

Etymologies

From New Latin Omnivora, omnivores, from neuter pl. of Latin omnivorus, omnivorous; see omnivorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin omne "all, everything" + vorare "to devour". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At the press of a button, drivers can choose between normal, sport and eco, which you might characterize as omnivore, carnivore and vegan, respectively.

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  • But she was a literary "omnivore," and on this day her eye fell on Alvin M.

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  • I am a non-veggie married to a veggie...... lunch-meat sliced turkey or roast beef or whatnot has been one of my solutions of late for easy meat, but then, I'm the kind of omnivore who doesn't really like meat that much, but needs a high protein diet and just finds it easier.

    I became a vegetarian and celebrated with beef lasagne

  • Write a haiku in the Comments section with the words, "omnivore" and "fox" and enter to win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT 8 p.m. event at the Herbst Theater on Friday.

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  • In some way, Entelodonts could represent a continuation of "Andrewsarchid" morphotype, a kind of omnivore, bone-crushing, carrion-eater that could represent the original morphotype of hypothetical mesonychian-andrewsarchid-cetartiodactyl common ancestor.

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  • From the neck down, Homo sapiens are almost exactly like our probable ancestor Homo Habilis: a clever, opportunistic, mid-sized omnivore, lightly built and sneaky.

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  • Mizuno is a household name, assuming that household name counts a hardcore comics omnivore among its residents.

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  • Named Fruitadens haagarorum, this tiny ornithischian was likely an omnivore, like other heterodontosaurids.

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  • (Personally, as a stylistic omnivore, I cannot help being swayed by Ninian Comper's theories of "unity by inclusion," and the more extravagantly prodigal juggling-acts of men like James Gamble Rogers, who once built one range of buildings at Yale with elevations in two different styles to bridge a transition between Gothic and Georgian quadrangles).

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