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

n 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

n any animal that feeds on flesh

“Tyrannosaurus Rex was a large carnivore
“insectivorous plants are considered carnivores
Type of:
predator, predatory animal
any animal that lives by preying on other animals

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