Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Omnivora, omnivores, from neuter pl. of Latin omnivorus, omnivorous; see omnivorous.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin omne "all, everything" + vorare "to devour".

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