Definition of meat eater in US English:

meat eater

noun

  • 1An animal that feeds on other animals; a carnivore.

    ‘a large, fierce meat eater like a Tyrannosaurus rex’
    • ‘I present a method developed to describe the entire dentition of the Carnivoramorpha and other mammalian meat eaters.’
    • ‘In 1999, our crew discovered a new, twenty-foot-long, bipedal meat-eater that we have named Aucasaurus, as well as fragmentary remains of an even larger, tyrannosaur-sized carnivore.’
    • ‘In the absence of wolves, herbivores weakened by winter hunger tend to die in a "boom" of carrion near the end of the colder months, leaving little for smaller meat eaters during the rest of the year.’
    • ‘Prior to the Falcarius discovery, the likely intermediate forms between meat eaters and plant eaters "are either not yet discovered or are very fragmentary and so not recognized as such," Holtz said.’
    • ‘The fossa, which looks like a cross between a dog and a cat, with a few other animals thrown in for good measure, is one of the world's oddest meat eaters.’
    • ‘Pacific rats do feed frequently on plants and insects, but they are also avid meat eaters when the opportunity arises.’
    • ‘Many were specialized meat eaters and must be included in any study addressing the evolution of mammalian carnivory.’
    • ‘The small, 4.5 foot dinosaur lived 125 million years ago and likely represents a missing link between earlier meat eaters and later herbivores, according to researchers.’
    • ‘Dinosaurs were diverse, and quite often one person will think of an animal like a long-necked sauropod, while another person will think of a large, fierce meat-eater like Tyrannosaurus rex.’
    • ‘Her research has included the examination of coprolites from Tyrannosaurus rex to tease apart details on the meat-eater's diet and bite force.’
    1. 1.1 A person whose diet includes meat.
      ‘if you're a meat eater, make sure you experience one of the steakhouses’
      • ‘My aunt was a meat eater, including pork, beef, fish, and seafood.’
      • ‘Around the bar, a new generation of slinky meat eaters lounged among deep brocade pillows, sipping cocktails through little red straws.’
      • ‘I'm vegan now but I've been vegetarian for over 30 years and I rarely associate with meat eaters; it's just worked out that way.’
      • ‘For serious meat eaters, this steakhouse delivers the real deal, authentic and unadorned.’
      • ‘This dish is really for meat eaters only.’
      • ‘If you're a meat eater and you love hot charred flavor-packed cuts of meat, this bacon's for you.’
      • ‘The conscientious meat eater now has a choice.’
      • ‘Being vegetarian need not be an issue, and I think that both meat eaters and vegetarians can make more of a problem of it than is necessary.’
      • ‘Australians and New Zealanders continue to be big meat eaters.’
      • ‘A vegan's food supplies take up less than a quarter of your average meat eater's.’