Definition of omnivore in English:

omnivore

noun

  • An animal or person that eats a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.

    • ‘Based on feeding habits, researchers broadly classify ray-finned fishes as herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, zooplanktivores and detrivores.’
    • ‘Ambush foragers typically respond visually to moving prey, but omnivores and herbivores may frequently need to identify immobile plant parts as food.’
    • ‘In the second part, the herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores are divided into large and small categories for comparison within and between subregions.’
    • ‘The earliest to develop were the somewhat more derived ungainly carnivores, omnivores and herbivores of the Dinocephalian lineages.’
    • ‘While it's known that plant eaters and omnivores often eat a wide selection of foods to ensure the intake of various nutrients, carnivores aren't thought to be that fussy.’
    • ‘These bears are omnivores and food is a top priority in their lives.’
    • ‘These generalists were mainly unspecialized herbivores or omnivores, with partially fossorial habits, strong territoriality and high reproductive rates.’
    • ‘In all but the role of small insectivore, omnivore, and rodent-like herbivore, the therapsids were eventually supplanted by the archosaurs.’
    • ‘Western Gulls are omnivores and eat a variety of things including fish and other aquatic creatures, eggs, carrion, garbage, and other birds.’
    • ‘Members of this family are omnivores and herbivores, feeding mainly on underground fungi and tubers also taking some seeds and insects.’
    • ‘Megapodes are omnivores, known to eat plant material, invertebrates and small vertebrates.’
    • ‘The natural world requires a balance of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.’
    • ‘Still other eutherians, such as raccoons and bears, are omnivores, eating both meat and plant material.’
    • ‘The grass shrimp and white-fingered mud crab are best characterized as omnivores sharing similar food sources.’
    • ‘It is important to realize that, though Primates are viewed as omnivorous, they are omnivores of a very particular type in that the great majority of their foods each day come from plants.’
    • ‘In a novel study, they recruited women who eat both animal and plant foods - the omnivore regimen typical of most Americans - and women who only eat plant-derived foods.’
    • ‘Pigs are omnivores not herbivores and do not carry BSE, so why had we to subsidise the BSE offal disposal in the first place?’
    • ‘It is also interesting that this ecosystem has no animals which are strict herbivores, but rather they are omnivores, switching between diets of eating algae and animals.’
    • ‘Ground-dwelling omnivores, turkeys walk miles foraging for nuts. insect, and other edibles.’
    • ‘Sticklebacks are voracious omnivores and feed on a variety of food including some algae and invertebrates such as insects, snails, small crustaceans, and some types of small worms.’

Origin

Late 19th century from French, from Latin omnivorus ‘omnivorous’.

Pronunciation

omnivore

/ˈɒmnɪvɔː/