carnivorous


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carnivorous

[kär′niv·ə·rəs]
(biology)
Eating flesh or, as in plants, subsisting on nutrients obtained from animal protoplasm.
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References in classic literature ?
Any one of the larger carnivorous dinosaurs would meet the case.
A much more important problem is the question as to the existence of the carnivorous monster which has left its traces in this glade.
First of all, there was no food there of the kind we ate; and next, those rocky hills were filled with the lairs of carnivorous beasts.
That, carnivorous," he continued, glancing his eye at the open page of his tablets; "this, granivorous; habits, fierce, dangerous; habits, patient, abstemious; ears, inconspicuous; ears, elongated; horns, diverging, &c., horns, none!"
They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.
The bare idea of this is no doubt horribly repulsive to us, but at the same time I think that we should remember how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit.
It is a carnivorous plant of about the bigness of a large sage-brush such as dots our western plains.
The mind of man can scarce conceive the plethora of carnivorous life in this lost world; and their prey, of course, is even more abundant.
The look in his eyes as he felt the keen edge and glared at me was positively carnivorous. I was afraid to turn my shoulder to him, and when I left the galley I went out backwards--to the amusement of the sailors and hunters, who made a point of gathering in groups to witness my exit.
In a paper just published, a joint British and Argentinian research team have shown that a weasel-like carnivorous marsupial called Sparassocynus, is an extinct carnivorous relative of short-tailed opossums.
"Each leaf will get through over 1,000 flies over a summer," says Mike, who has been growing carnivorous plants for 40 years.
Mike King has spent most of his life growing and developing new varieties of carnivorous plants