Definition of insectivorous in English:



  • 1(of an animal) feeding on insects, worms, and other invertebrates.

    • ‘Omnivorous, herbivorous, and insectivorous species were selected for study of plant chemical discrimination to facilitate comparisons between diet and chemosensory responses in relation to iguanian phylogeny.’
    • ‘Almost all Mesozoic mammals were insectivorous.’
    • ‘Barn swallows are small insectivorous passerines that feed on the wing.’
    • ‘Vireos are small, primarily insectivorous passerines that live in forested or scrub habitats.’
    • ‘Despite numerous other studies demonstrating the importance of insectivorous birds to insect herbivore densities, bird exclusion resulted in relatively weak effects on the arthropod community on our saplings.’
    • ‘These bats are primarily insectivorous (although they have been observed to eat fruit on occasion) and hawk insects in flight.’
    • ‘This suggests that these animals were insectivorous or carnivorous.’
    • ‘All species are insectivorous, hawking insects in flight.’
    • ‘The new find is thought to belong to a group of small, mainly insectivorous birds called white eyes, which are related to warblers.’
    • ‘Insectivores are fairly common because insects are very common but the small size and low nutrient value of insects means that most insectivorous mammals are small, except the anteaters.’
    • ‘Thomisids are among the favourite prey of insectivorous birds and other invertebrates.’
    • ‘Herbivorous, granivorous and insectivorous birds have a highly specialized, muscular gizzard with an inner lining of hard cuticle.’
    • ‘Small insectivorous passerines, which typically feed the nestlings with small food items at a very high rate, are ideal as model species because limitations in food supply are likely to have an immediate effect on nestling hunger.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, bats are not helpless on the ground or in the water, and some insectivorous species feed on ground-dwelling insects as much or more than they feed on insects captured in flight.’
    • ‘The ancestral amniotes were small animals, superficially resembling primitive, insectivorous lizards.’
    • ‘Like most insectivorous bats, the New Zealand short-tailed bat hunts insects in the air by using echolocation.’
    • ‘No man's hand was turned against it and it cannot be said that its food supplies have vanished, since most other similarly insectivorous birds remain common.’
    • ‘These bats are primarily insectivorous, and most hawk insects in flight, often using their wings like tennis rackets and swatting the insects into the tail membrane.’
    • ‘The barn swallow is a semicolonial, aerially insectivorous passerine.’
    • ‘These bats are strictly insectivorous and may be further limited in diet to moths and butterflies.’
    1. 1.1 (of a plant such as the sundew) able to capture and digest insects.
      • ‘The Venus flytrap is a must for boys who enjoy watching the insectivorous plant capture its prey - usually a housefly - before devouring it over several days.’
      • ‘Equally surprising are the mouthparts of the creature's curious digestive track that suggest a rather singular amalgam of arthropodous characteristics with those of insectivorous plants.’
      • ‘It's as if memory functions like some swift and rapacious insectivorous plant.’
      • ‘There, while hunting for the rare bog orchid, he stumbled on the minuscule, insectivorous sundew plant, Drosera rotundifolia.’