- The definition of a carnivore is a person or animal who eats meat.
A man who eats steak is an example of a carnivore.
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- any of an order (Carnivora) of fanged, flesh-eating mammals, including the dog, bear, cat, and seal
- any animal that consumes other animals
- a plant that ingests small animals, esp. insects
Origin: Fr: see carnivorous
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- A flesh-eating animal.
- Any of various predatory, flesh-eating mammals of the order Carnivora, including the dogs, cats, bears, weasels, hyenas, and raccoons.
- One who victimizes or injures others; a predator.
- An insectivorous plant.
Origin: From French, meat-eating, from Latin carnivorus; see carnivorous.
carnivore - Computer Definition
A network analyzer used by the FBI that analyzes e-mail packets of suspected criminals. Officially known as DCS100, FBI agents bring Windows 2000 PCs with the Carnivore software installed into an ISP and plug them into a switch port. Carnivore was designed to capture all e-mail packets as they originated as well as be able to hone in on just the suspected user without reading packets from others. See network analyzer.
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carnivore - Cultural Definition
carnivore - Science Definition
- a. An animal that feeds chiefly on the flesh of other animals. Carnivores include predators such as lions and alligators, and scavengers such as hyenas and vultures. In a food chain, carnivores are either secondary or tertiary consumers. Compare detritivore, herbivore.b. Any of various generally meat-eating mammals of the order Carnivora. Carnivores have large, sharp canine teeth and large brains, and the musculoskeletal structure of their forelimbs permits great flexibility for springing at prey. Many carnivores remain in and defend a single territory. Dogs, cats, bears, weasels, raccoons, hyenas, and (according to some classifications) seals and walruses are all carnivores.
- A plant that eats insects, such as a Venus flytrap.
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