Eating or feeding on flesh the definition of is used a to creatures which normally seek flesh for food while the tiger dog etc b to flowers which are expected to absorb animal meals c to substances which ruin animal structure as caustics
- associated with or characteristic of carnivores
- (used of flowers plus creatures) feeding on pets
- Eating or feeding on flesh. The definition of is applied: (a) to creatures which obviously look for flesh for meals, as tiger, dog, etc.; (b) to plants that are designed to soak up pet food; (c) to substances which ruin animal muscle, as caustics.
meaning - feeding on animal structure
1640s, from Latin carnivorus "flesh-eating, feeding on flesh," from caro (genitive carnis) "flesh" (see carnage) + vorare "to devour" (see voracity).
He appears, however, as a general rule, only to kill when hungry or attacked, and not for the mere pleasure of killing, as with some other carnivorous animals.