insectivore[in sek′tə vôr′]
- any of an order (Insectivora) of generally small, primitive mammals that are active mainly at night and that feed principally on insects, as moles, shrews, or hedgehogs
- any animal or plant that feeds on insects
Origin: Fr from Modern Latin insectivorus: see insectivorous
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- Any of various small, principally nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora, characteristically feeding chiefly on insects and including the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.
- An organism that feeds mainly on insects.
Origin: New Latin Īnsectivora, order name : Latin īnsectum, insect; see insect + Latin -vora, neuter pl. of -vorus, -vorous.
insectivore - Science Definition
- An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.
- Any of various small, usually nocturnal mammals of the order Insectivora that feed on insects and other invertebrates. Insectivores have long snouts and resemble rodents, but lack gnawing incisors. Moles, shrews, hedgehogs, and tenrecs are insectivores.
- insectivorous insectivorous adjective
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