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consumer

1. a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2. Ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

consumer

[kən′süm·ər]
(ecology)
A nutritional grouping in the food chain of an ecosystem, composed of heterotrophic organisms, chiefly animals, which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter.

consumer

The average user in contrast to the professional user. Consumer products vary in quality, ranging from flimsy, inexpensive devices to very well made; however, the term implies non-professional usage. See prosumer and consumer electronics.
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Sed illi qui consumunt multa ubi pauca oporteret consumere, consumuntpauca ubi multa oporteret consumere, ut dicitur in IV Ethic.
The English word "consume" has its origins in the French consumer and farther back is rooted in the Latin consumere, meaning to devour, waste, exhaust.
The character Eubulus refers to "the caterpillars of all courts et fruges consumere nati"; The Works of Richard Edwards: Politics, Poetry and Performance in Sixteenth-century England, ed.

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