Definitions

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

  • adj. Eating both animal and vegetable foods.
  • adj. Taking in everything available, as with the mind: an omnivorous reader.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a diet which is neither exclusively carnivorous nor herbivorous.
  • adj. Having an interest in a variety of subjects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. All-devouring; eating everything indiscriminately.
  • adj. Eating both animal and vegetable food.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • All-devouring; eating food of every kind indiscriminately; specifically, of or pertaining to the Omnivora: as, omnivorous animals: often used figuratively: as, an omnivorous reader.

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

  • adj. feeding on both plants and animals

Etymologies

From Latin omnivorus : omni-, omni- + -vorus, -vorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin omni, all and -vore. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So omnivorous is the Chinese appetite for imports that when the country ran short of scrap metal in early 2004, manhole covers disappeared from cities all over the world.

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  • They are best described as omnivorous, their diet consisting of fruit, including grass seeds, and in most cases other animals, either hunted or scavenged, along with anything else available and easily digested.

    Ardi is a million years older than Lucy - The Panda's Thumb

  • And of these latter some may be called omnivorous, inasmuch as they feed on every kind of juice, as for instance, the common fly; others are blood-suckers, such as the gadfly and the horse-fly, others again live on the juices of fruits and plants.

    The History of Animals

  • That's the goal of the so-called omnivorous engine.

    Autoblog Green

  • But more importantly, the divide between the powerful and non-powerful people in society seems to relate to those who are 'omnivorous', engaging both in old fashioned snob culture classical music, ballet, reading classic books, etc and more popular forms.

    Hobbies key to class, says study

  • Those who have climbed the social ladder tend to be 'omnivorous', enjoying popular culture such as football as well as 'snob culture'.

    Hobbies key to class, says study

  • I sometimes throw in "omnivorous" alongside "omniscient" and "omnipotent" when mentioning the classic attributes ascribed to God, just to see whether people are paying attention, or are pleased as long as what is said about God is prefaced by "omni".

    Time To End The Kindergarten Revolution

  • Amazingly she doesn't think her team are that far away from achieving what she calls the 'omnivorous' search engine -i.e. one which is able to take a user's total context - where they are, what they were just reading, which direction their mobile phone is pointed and so on.

    Daily Dispatch: Google works towards intuitive search; Most hacked software of 2009

  • I don't want to give the impression that -- the key thing about him was a kind of omnivorous, insatiable curiosity.

    Isaiah Berlin: A Life

  • The Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and immediate relatives are what might be termed "omnivorous" in food-habits, eating everything that comes their way.

    A Book of Natural History Young Folks' Library Volume XIV.

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