insectivore

An insectivore is an animal that eats only or mainly insects. If chocolate-covered crickets are your thing, then go ahead and call yourself an insectivore (and good luck finding a date).

A carnivore is an animal that eats other animals, and an insectivore is a more specific type of carnivore: one whose diet is mainly insects. Insectivores include many lizards, frogs, and spiders. A spider catching a bug in a web and a frog catching a fly with its tongue are two examples of insectivore behavior. Since there are millions of insects in the world, being an insectivore is a pretty good deal.

Definitions of insectivore
  1. noun
    any organism that feeds mainly on insects
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    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  2. noun
    small insect-eating mainly nocturnal terrestrial or fossorial mammals
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    mole
    small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet
    shrew, shrewmouse
    small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles
    Erinaceus europaeus, Erinaceus europeaeus, hedgehog
    small nocturnal Old World mammal covered with both hair and protective spines
    tendrac, tenrec
    small often spiny insectivorous mammal of Madagascar; resembles a hedgehog
    Potamogale velox, otter shrew, potamogale
    amphibious African insectivorous mammal that resembles an otter
    Condylura cristata, star-nosed mole, starnose mole
    amphibious mole of eastern North America having pink fleshy tentacles around the nose
    Parascalops breweri, brewer's mole, hair-tailed mole
    mole of eastern North America
    golden mole
    mole of southern Africa having iridescent guard hairs mixed with the underfur
    shrew mole
    slender mole having a long snout and tail
    Sorex araneus, common shrew
    common American shrew
    Sorex cinereus, masked shrew
    commonest shrew of moist habitats in North America
    Blarina brevicauda, short-tailed shrew
    North American shrew with tail less than half its body length
    water shrew
    any of several small semiaquatic shrews usually living near swift-flowing streams
    Cryptotis parva, least shrew
    small brown shrew of grassy regions of eastern United States
    Tenrec ecaudatus, tailless tenrec
    prolific animal that feeds chiefly on earthworms
    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
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