One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Flesh-eating or carnivorous.‘crocodiles are creophagous animals’
meat-eating, flesh-eating, predatory, of prey, hunting, raptorialView synonyms
- ‘It is known that insects both of a creophagous and saprophagous nature, gradually diminish in relative numbers from the poles to the equator.’
- ‘We found hundreds of wild donkeys and other creophagous animals such as foxes and lynx.’
- ‘For the more creophagous of us, there is gulasz, gently stewed cubes of beef in a brown gravy.’
- ‘Peregrines are indigenous birds, and unfortunately they are creophagous.’
Late 19th century: from Greek kreophagus, from kreas ‘flesh’ + -phagos (see -phagous).
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