• WordNet 3.6
    • n Carnivora cats; lions; tigers; panthers; dogs; wolves; jackals; bears; raccoons; skunks; and members of the suborder Pinnipedia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Carnivora (Zoöl) An order of Mammallia including the lion, tiger, wolf bear, seal, etc. They are adapted by their structure to feed upon flesh, though some of them, as the bears, also eat vegetable food. The teeth are large and sharp, suitable for cutting flesh, and the jaws powerful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • carnivora [lowercase] In general, carnivorous animals; animals that feed on flesh.
    • carnivora In Cuvier's system of classification, the carnivorous mammals proper; the Carnaria or Carnassia of Cuvier without the Insectivora, the Chiroptera, and the carnivorous Marsupialia, forming the third family of his Carnaria, and divided into the tribes Plantigrada, Digitigrada, and Amphibia (or Pinnigrada, the seals, etc.). The term was long almost universally used in this sense, and is still current; but it is now usually superseded by Feræ as an order of mammals, divided into Fissipedia and Pinnipedia, or terrestrial and amphibial carnivores. The technical characters of the order are given under Feræ (which see).
    • carnivora In entomology, in Latreille's system, the first family of pentamerous Coleoptera, or beetles: synonymous with Adephaga.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Carnivora kar-niv′ō-ra order of flesh-eating animals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., neut. pl. from L. carnivorus,. See Carnivorous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. caro, carnis, flesh, vorus, devouring.


In literature:

Animals like Buffaloes resist by a common defence the most terrible Carnivora.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
You, of course, require the usual nourishment of the carnivora.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Among the carnivora it takes also the form of the chase.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Then she began to want to see him, as one wants to see the animals in the carnivora building at feeding time.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
They sat and moved with the poised rhythm and dignity of the larger carnivora.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
His actions had the disconcerting lack of rational sequence that one discerns in pampered carnivora.
"Command" by William McFee
Animals are plentiful, including the great pachyderms and carnivora.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
In verse 24th it is herbivora, "creeping things," and carnivora.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
In this family also the sectorial is relatively to the other teeth much smaller than in other Carnivora.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
The tiger is the most characteristic of the larger Asiatic Carnivora.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various

In news:

For urbanites and other uninformed city slickers who may doubt presence of the shaggy carnivora in these parts, ask Robin Daughetee.
Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae Genus: Ursus.