Insectivore definition

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Insect-eating animal or plant.

An anteater is an insectivore with a long sticky tongue to catch its prey.

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Any of an order (Insectivora) of generally small, primitive mammals, as moles, shrews, or hedgehogs, that are active mainly at night and that feed principally on insects.
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Any animal or plant that feeds on insects.
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An animal or plant that feeds mainly on insects.
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Any of various small, principally nocturnal mammals that characteristically feed chiefly on insects and other small invertebrates, and including the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.
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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.
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(dated) Mammal of the now abandoned order Insectivora.
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An insectivorous organism.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
insectivore
Plural:
insectivores

Origin of insectivore

  • New Latin Īnsectivora order name Latin īnsectum insect insect Latin -vora neuter pl. of -vorus -vorous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French insectivore

    From Wiktionary