AskDefine | Define omnivore

Dictionary Definition



1 a person who eats all kinds of foods
2 an animal that feeds on both animal and vegetable substances

User Contributed Dictionary



From omne "all, everything" + vorare "to devour".


  1. An animal which is able to consume both plants (like a herbivore) and meat (like a carnivore).
    Bears are omnivores, they can eat plants but they enjoy eating fish.


animal eating both plants and meat



  1. Feminine plural form of omnivoro

Extensive Definition

Omnivores (from Latin: omne all, everything; vorare to devour) are species that eat both plants and animals as their primary food source. They are opportunistic, general feeders not specifically adapted to eat and digest either meat or plant material exclusively. Pigs are one well-known example of an omnivore. Crows are another example of an omnivore that many people see every day. Humans ourselves are omnivores.
Although there are reported cases of herbivores eating meat matter as well as examples of carnivores eating plants, the classification refers to the adaptations and main food source of the species in general so these exceptions do not make either individual animals nor the species as a whole omnivores.
Most bear species are considered omnivores, but individuals' diets can range from almost exclusively herbivorous to almost exclusively carnivorous depending on what food sources are available locally and seasonally. Polar bears can be classified as carnivores while pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo and are therefore herbivores.

Species considered omnivorous


omnivore in Afrikaans: Omnivoor
omnivore in Czech: Všežravec
omnivore in Welsh: Hollysydd
omnivore in German: Allesfresser
omnivore in Estonian: Omnivoor
omnivore in Spanish: Omnívoro
omnivore in French: Omnivore
omnivore in Croatian: Svežderi
omnivore in Ido: Omnivoro
omnivore in Indonesian: Omnivora
omnivore in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Omnivore
omnivore in Italian: Onnivoro
omnivore in Hebrew: אוכל כול
omnivore in Maltese: Omnivoru
omnivore in Malay (macrolanguage): Maserba
omnivore in Dutch: Alleseter
omnivore in Japanese: 雑食
omnivore in Norwegian: Alteter
omnivore in Polish: Zwierzę wszystkożerne
omnivore in Portuguese: Omnívoro
omnivore in Russian: Всеядные
omnivore in Simple English: Omnivore
omnivore in Slovak: Všežravec
omnivore in Finnish: Omnivori
omnivore in Swedish: Allätare
omnivore in Tamil: அனைத்துண்ணி
omnivore in Turkish: Hepçil
omnivore in Chinese: 雜食性
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