Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore

A carnivore is an animal that eats meat. Carnivores have sharp molars, premolars and canine teeth that are designed for flesh eating. Some plants are also carnivores, including the Venus flytrap. Related words are carnivorous, carnivorously and carnivorousness. There is no word for a person who eats meat exclusively.

An herbivore is an animal that eats plants, a person who eats plants exclusively is a vegetarian. Herbivores have flat, strong teeth designed for grinding and longer digestive tracks that allow the animals to extract a great amount of nutrients from their food.  Related words are herbivorous, herbivorously and herbivorousness.


An omnivore is an animal that eats both meat and plants. Human beings are considered omnivores. Low-fat recipes as seen on the website Laaloosh are healthy alternatives for people who follow an omnivore lifestyle, as well as vegetarians. Words related to omnivore are omnivorous, omnivorously and omnivorousness, omnivorous may also refer to consuming knowledge voraciously, or having eclectic taste.

In a bid to know connectivity of large carnivores at landscape level, the wildlife wing of the Maharashtra forest department has approved a mega project on scat DNA analysis of tigers, leopards, sloth bears and dholes. (The Times of India)

When a carnivore disappears from the food chain, the balance is changed. (The Christian Science Monitor)

They are the youngest ever discovered of a type of hadrosaurs (herbivore dinosaurs) who lived about 70 million years ago, and scientifically known as Saurolophus angustirostris, which means “lizard crest.” (The International Business Times)

Large herbivores — elephants, hippos, rhinos and gorillas among them — are vanishing from the globe at a startling rate, with some 60 percent threatened with extinction, a team of scientists reports. (The Washington Post)

By going vegan, she also is saving 5 million liters of water a year that otherwise would have been used to produce the meat, dairy and other animal products she would have eaten as an omnivore. (The Columbia Daily Tribune)

His tastes are those of a literary omnivore that point to his restless mind, his insatiable desire for knowledge and his ability to synthesise multiple sources the way a barrister understands a brief. (The West Australian)


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