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any animal that eats primarily flesh, particularly mammals of the order Carnivora, which includes cats, dogs, bears, and others. adj., adj carniv´orous.
One of the Carnivora.
carnivore/car·ni·vore/ (kahr´nĭ-vor) any animal that eats primarily flesh, particularly a mammal of the order Carnivora (cats, dogs, bears, etc.).carniv´orous
1. Any of various mammals of the order Carnivora, including the dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, and seals, most of which are predatory flesh-eating animals.
2. Any of various other flesh-eating animals.
3. An insectivorous plant.
Etymology: L, caro, flesh, vorare, to devour
an animal belonging to the order Carnivora, classified as a flesh eater, with appropriate teeth and a characteristically simple stomach and a short intestine for such a diet. carnivorous [kärniv′ərəs] , adj.
carnivoreA meat-eater. Cf Omnivore, Vegetarian.
carnivoreany flesh-eating animal. The term is sometimes restricted to members of the CARNIVORA, although OMNIVORES also eat meat. See also CARNIVOROUS PLANTS.
any animal, particularly mammals of the order Carnivora, that eats primarily flesh. Includes cats, dogs, bears, etc.