A carnivore is something that feeds on the flesh of animals. “Did you know that cute little baby seals are carnivores? They eat penguins!”

It’s a useful thing to be acquainted with the root vore, which means eat, because you can get herbivore (eats plants), omnivore (eats everything), and sanguivore (eats blood, yes, like vampires). It’s nice to know, too, that it’s not only animals that are carnivores. Some plants, like the Venus flytrap, eat insects, which makes them carnivores as well. It’s nice, too, to have the prefix of carnivore, carn or flesh, in your mind. The easiest way to remember it? Chili con carne, or chili with meat.

Definitions of carnivore
  1. noun
    a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal
    “terrestrial carnivores have four or five clawed digits on each limb”
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    fissiped, fissiped mammal
    terrestrial carnivores; having toes separated to the base: dogs; cats; bears; badgers; raccoons
    canid, canine
    any of various fissiped mammals with nonretractile claws and typically long muzzles
    felid, feline
    any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws
    massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws
    viverrine, viverrine mammal
    small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World
    mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal
    fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
    plantigrade carnivorous mammals
    bear cub
    a young bear
    female of any member of the dog family
    Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
    a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
    any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
    Canis aureus, jackal
    Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair
    wild dog
    any of various undomesticated mammals of the family Canidae that are thought to resemble domestic dogs as distinguished from jackals or wolves
    hyaena, hyena
    doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
    alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
    cat, true cat
    feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
    big cat, cat
    any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    Ursus arctos, brown bear, bruin
    large ferocious bear of Eurasia
    a conventional name for a bear used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'
    American black bear, Euarctos americanus, Ursus americanus, black bear
    brown to black North American bear; smaller and less ferocious than the brown bear
    Asiatic black bear, Selenarctos thibetanus, Ursus thibetanus, black bear
    bear with a black coat living in central and eastern Asia
    Thalarctos maritimus, Ursus Maritimus, ice bear, polar bear
    white bear of Arctic regions
    Melursus ursinus, Ursus ursinus, sloth bear
    common coarse-haired long-snouted bear of south-central Asia
    civet, civet cat
    cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
    Cryptoprocta ferox, fossa, fossa cat
    largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets
    Genetta genetta, genet
    agile Old World viverrine having a spotted coat and long ringed tail
    agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
    meerkat, mierkat
    a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes
    small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
    slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
    Mustela putorius, fitch, foulmart, foumart, polecat
    dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
    Mustela nigripes, black-footed ferret, ferret
    musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
    freshwater carnivorous mammal having webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur
    Enhydra lutris, sea otter
    large marine otter of northern Pacific coasts having very thick dark brown fur
    polecat, skunk, wood pussy
    American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
    sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
    Mellivora capensis, honey badger, ratel
    nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia
    Gulo luscus, carcajou, skunk bear, wolverine
    stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
    Gulo gulo, glutton, wolverine
    musteline mammal of northern Eurasia
    Galictis vittatus, Grison vittatus, grison
    carnivore of Central America and South America resembling a weasel with a greyish-white back and dark underparts
    marten, marten cat
    agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
    Eira barbara, taira, tayra
    long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South America
    raccoon, racoon
    an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
    Bassariscus astutus, bassarisk, cacomistle, cacomixle, civet cat, coon cat, miner's cat, raccoon fox, ring-tailed cat, ringtail
    raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
    Potos caudivolvulus, Potos flavus, honey bear, kinkajou, potto
    arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
    Nasua narica, coati, coati-mondi, coati-mundi, coon cat
    omnivorous mammal of Central America and South America
    Ailurus fulgens, bear cat, cat bear, lesser panda, panda, red panda
    reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas
    Ailuropoda melanoleuca, coon bear, giant panda, panda, panda bear
    large black-and-white herbivorous mammal of bamboo forests of China and Tibet; in some classifications considered a member of the bear family or of a separate family Ailuropodidae
    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  2. noun
    any animal that feeds on flesh
    “Tyrannosaurus Rex was a large carnivore
    “insectivorous plants are considered carnivores
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    type of:
    predator, predatory animal
    any animal that lives by preying on other animals
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