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English definition of “omnivorous”


adjective     /ɒmˈnɪv.ər.əs/ US  /ɑːmˈnɪv.ɚ-/
naturally able to eat both plants and meat : Pigs are omnivorous animals . → Compare carnivorous (carnivore), herbivorous (herbivore)Plants and animals - general words enthusiastic and interested in many different areas of a subject : an omnivorous reader Excited, interested and enthusiastic
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