omnivorous

An omnivorous animal eats meat and plants — everything on the menu.

The word omnivorous wears its meaning on its sleeve: omni means "all" and vorare is "to devour" and it all comes together in the Latin word omnivorus — "all-devouring." Rarr! Polar bears are omnivorous, while pandas are herbivorous (eat only plants). People love to say they're carnivorous (eat only meat) when they're probably really omnivorous (unless they really do kick the French fries off the plate every time). Since omnivorous means to "devour everything," you can use it to describe someone with a very curious mind, who wants to "devour" everything with their brain, but not with their teeth.

DEFINITIONS OF: omnivorous

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adj feeding on both plants and animals

Synonyms
all-devouring
(of animals) both plant-eating and flesh-eating
Antonyms:
carnivorous
(used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals
herbivorous
feeding only on plants
insectivorous
(of animals and plants) feeding on insects
flesh-eating, meat-eating, zoophagous
(of animals) carnivorous
piscivorous
feeding on fishes
predaceous, predacious
hunting and killing other animals for food
anthophagous, anthophilous
feeding on flowers
baccivorous
feeding on berries
carpophagous, fruit-eating
feeding on fruit
grass-eating
feeding on grasses
phytophagic, phytophagous, phytophilous, plant-eating
(of animals) feeding on plants
saprophagous, saprozoic
(of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
saprophytic
(of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
apivorous
feeding on bees
myrmecophagous
feeding on ants
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