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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
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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.
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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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This reading is supported by Tucker's excellent observation that the word consomme in the eighth verse of sonnet 3 should be read as involving both consumere (to consume, destroy) and consumare (to perfect, complete, consummate).24 The consumption of Rome by time is also its consummation or completion: it is in this completion that Rome is revealed to be what it is, something that has persisted over time, vastly metamorphosing rather than simply perishing.
Consu = is probably intended to be expanded as some form of consumere (consume, destroy), while confu= seems to call for a form of confundere (confuse, confound, perplex), both of which occur in a number of appropriate biblical texts (e.g., Num.

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