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noun, plural: carnivores

An animal or plant (particularly insect- and invertebrate-eating plants) that requires a staple diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue through predation or scavenging.


Examples of carnivores are lions, which consume up to seven kilograms of meat per day. In plants, the Venus flytrap is a well known carnivorous plant.

Word origin: Latin carne (flesh) and vorare (to devour).

Related forms: carnivorous (adjective)

See also: insectivore, piscivore

Related term: hypercarnivore, mesocarnivore, hypocarnivore