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Carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting insects.
  feeding on animals
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carnivorous carnivorously carnivorousness
Strongly Associated with:   herbivorous, omnivorous
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  • Carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting insects.
  • the lion and other carnivorous animals
  • I hoped that Polyphemus did not also keep carnivorous mountain goats.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • I yell as the carnivorous waves come for me.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Despite the fact that man is not wholly carnivorous, I could see no valid reason why I should not use myself as a test subject.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He told us once that the carnivorous and sometimes cannibalistic fish are actually quite shy and usually bump their prey before attacking, gaining confidence as their schoolmates do the same.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Mikey was plastered with so many peels he looked like he was being attacked by carnivorous starfish.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "In fact it appears to be carnivorous," Kate said.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • They were also carnivorous, and capable of frenzy.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • He could feel the Sleer winding its waves of fear around him, like the tendrils of some carnivorous plant.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • Red squirrels are not carnivorous—they eat the insides of pine cones.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • At least two hundred were sparring restlessly with swords and spears, or roasting animal carcasses over open fires (carnivorous centaurs . the idea made Nico shudder).
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • ’The rat,’ said O’Brien, still addressing his invisible audience, ’although a rodent, is carnivorous.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Haymitch has his own troubles over in the woods, where the fluffy golden squirrels turn out to be carnivorous and attack in packs, and the butterfly stings bring agony if not death.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • There was no question that this was the jawbone from an infant carnivorous dinosaur.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The Morlocks at any rate were carnivorous!
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • A thing altogether incredible were it not that attracted by such prey as a dead whale, the otherwise miscellaneously carnivorous shark will seldom touch a man.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • A carnivorous animal living on a straight meat diet, he was in full flower, at the high tide of his life, overspilling with vigor and virility.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • But it seemed to me highly improbable, if not totally incredible, that when brought together these frugiv-orous tree-dwellers and carnivorous savannah-dwellers would so radically carve out their niches as to pay no attention to each other.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The bare idea of this is no doubt horribly repulsive to us, but at the same time I think that we should remember how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Then she saw what she had never seen before: her mother bound by Redd’s carnivorous roses, Redd cutting off Genevieve’s head with a single swing of the scarlet energy bolt.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Is it not a reproach that man is a carnivorous animal?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was a carnivorous animal.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • A diet that is almost purely carnivorous.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The Grand Inquisitor was carnivorous and full of murder.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • The dangerous, carnivorous man-eating Mr. Cruse!
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • The inn-keeper himself was a man of from forty to fifty-five years of age, tall, strong, and bony, a perfect specimen of the natives of those southern latitudes; he had dark, sparkling, and deep-set eyes, hooked nose, and teeth white as those of a carnivorous animal; his hair, like his beard, which he wore under his chin, was thick and curly, and in spite of his age but slightly interspersed with a few silvery threads.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She wore a scapular with the images worn away by sweat, and on her right wrist the fang of a carnivorous animal mounted on a backing of copper as an amulet against the evil eye.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • They have dim apprehensions that such propositions as ’God does not exist’ are somewhat dubious at least in comparison with statements like ’All carnivorous cows eat meat.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And then, like a carnivorous flower, we are physically attractive to our prey.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • In another moment he had beaten off the Hyena-swine with the handle of his whip, and he and Montgomery were keeping away the excited carnivorous Beast People, and particularly M’ling, from the still quivering body.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Generally we refuse to admit within ourselves, or within our friends, the fullness of that pushing, self-protective, malodorous, carnivorous, lecherous fever which is the very nature of the organic cell.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Like wolves, carnivorous and fierce and tireless, who rend a great stag on a mountainside and feed on him, their jaws reddened with blood, loping in a pack to drink springwater, lapping the dark rim up with slender tongues, their chops a-drip with fresh blood, their hearts unshaken ever, and their bellies glutted: such were the Myrmidons and their officers, running to form up round Akhilleus’ brave companion-in-arms.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Far up in the sky a vulture watched; they must appear from that height as two groups of carnivorous animals who might at any time break into conflict, and it waited there, a tiny black spot, for carrion.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He had the face of a young wolf—thin, carnivorous, and rapacious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She looked down the long table, studying its occupants one by one, from Gus Trenor, with his heavy carnivorous head sunk between his shoulders, as he preyed on a jellied plover, to his wife, at the opposite end of the long bank of orchids, suggestive, with her glaring good-looks, of a jeweller’s window lit by electricity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Now the little trembling hare, which the dread of all her numerous enemies, and chiefly of that cunning, cruel, carnivorous animal, man, had confined all the day to her lurking-place, sports wantonly o’er the lawns; now on some hollow tree the owl, shrill chorister of the night, hoots forth notes which might charm the ears of some modern connoisseurs in music; now, in the imagination of the half-drunk clown, as he staggers through the churchyard, or rather charnelyard, to his home,
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The look in his eyes as he felt the keen edge and glared at me was positively carnivorous.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "It was a savage feast, carnivorous animals devouring their prey," he wrote in his diary.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She smacked a carnivorous horse in the snout with the butt of her sword and sent the monster stampeding through the crowd.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Now Mr. Fitt was a grim man, an enforcer, with a small, sneering mouth; in another life he might have been a carnivorous fish.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Deer, antelope, turkey, with their carnivorous attendants, panthers, wildcats, and wolves, had not yet been molested by white hunters.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • He wouldn’t say much by phone but I gather he was mixed up with a carnivorous Fraulein and got over the border almost sans calottes.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • So far as he knew there were no carnivorous tree-climbers large enough to tackle a man, but he could not be certain; he slept with one eye open.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Okay, it was nothing like a church service outside, but no way was I going to explain circle-casting and calling the spirits of carnivorous dead vamps to a couple human cops.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • The /Foreign Quarterly/, summing up in January, 1844, pronounced them "horn-handed and pig-headed, hard, persevering, unscrupulous, carnivorous, with a genius for lying."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • My hooker chauffeur proceeds to hold me hostage with such wiles as threatening to yell ’Rape!’ in a diner filled with a collection of the NFL’s most carnivorous linebackers-except for one who got me out.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Now, the animals that are carnivorous are known by their incisores.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Chapter VI The Hall Farm EVIDENTLY that gate is never opened, for the long grass and the great hemlocks grow close against it, and if it were opened, it is so rusty that the force necessary to turn it on its hinges would be likely to pull down the square stone-built pillars, to the detriment of the two stone lionesses which grin with a doubtful carnivorous affability above a coat of arms surmounting each of the pillars.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
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