1. Of or relating to carnivores.
2. Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
3. Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance" (George F. Will).
4. Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them.
[From Latin carnivorus : carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -vorus, -vorous.]
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