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1An animal that feeds on insects, worms, and other invertebrates.
- ‘Are frugivores relatively rare and insectivores quite common?’
- ‘Omnivores and insectivores exhibit different fuel-use strategies to overcome the physiological challenges of migration.’
- ‘It seems, however, that insectivores and fruit-eating omnivores exhibit different migration strategies, each with an associated suite of morphological and behavioral adaptations to overcome the physical challenges of migration.’
- ‘Offering seeds may attract lots of birds, but generally insectivores prefer suet (found at the meat counter at your grocery).’
- ‘Gallus gallus is an herbivore and insectivore.’
- 1.1Zoology A mammal of the order "Insectivora".
- ‘When the dinosaurs ruled the world, the mammals hid in the shadows, daring to grow no bigger than shrew-like insectivores that hunted at night.’
- ‘The insectivore hedgehog has an unclear evolutionary-rate pattern, as shown by the inconsistent results obtained with the two different tests.’
- ‘Aside from the obvious connotation of a burrowing insectivore, a mole could also mean a small congenital growth on the human skin, usually slightly raised and dark and sometimes hairy.’
- ‘All moles are insectivores and all of them are great tunnelers.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin insectivorus, from insectum (see insect) + -vorus ‘devouring’, on the pattern of Latin carnivorus ‘carnivorous’.
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