• WordNet 3.6
    • n devourer someone who eats greedily or voraciously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips are American's favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.
    • n Devourer One who, or that which, devours.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1325, the Aztecs were looking for a place to build their capital. A priest had interpreted an omen to mean the site should be where the found an eagle, perched on a cactus, devouring a snake. And that's why they chose what is now Mexico City; they found the eagle eating a snake while resting on a cactus. The scene is depicted on the Mexican flag.
    • n devourer One who devours; one who or that which eats greedily, consumes, or preys upon.
    • n devourer A local English name of the glutinous hag, Myxine glutinosa.
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
  • William Cowper
    “Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.”
  • Frantz Fanon
    Frantz Fanon
    “There is a point at which methods devour themselves.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Finance, like time, devours its own children.”


In literature:

It had caught him, torn him down, and devoured his breast and arms, after which it left him.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
When daylight glimmered faintly in the east the following morning, Macnab sat at his table devouring venison steaks, pancakes, and tea.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
The only sound was the roar of the stove devouring the hay-twist.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
The strange females again tore off the fat and devoured it with eagerness.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
His wife, closest to him, had after seven years found herself drained, hollowed out as by some tenaciously devouring insect.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
We encamped some three kilometres from the Rio Claro, on the streamlet Arejado, where again we were devoured by mosquitoes.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
They then pounce upon him, kill him, and devour him.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
I thought that the savages were down upon us, or that all the wild beasts in the country were coming to devour us.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
They catch and hold their prey between the front feet while they devour it bodily.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
It devours frogs, lizards, lame, and insects without distinction.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Meantime, Duty's leaf and flower
Both must wither;
And, for Peace of Mind, -- each hour
Breeds its harpies to devour,
Flapping hither!
"The Mingled Cup" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Through fields, and towns, and palaces,
The tenfold vengeance flew;
Locusts in swarms devoured their trees,
And hail their cattle slew.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts
The polish'd bard, of genius vain,
Endures a deeper sense of pain;
As each invading blast devours
The richest fruits, the fairest flowers.
"To a Lady of Quality, Fitting Up Her Library" by William Shenstone
Dog-head, devourer:
Feed me the berries of dark.
The lids won't shut. Time
Unwinds from the great umbilicus of the sun
Its endless glitter.
"Maenad" by Sylvia Plath
A little space, for me to prove
My boundless flame, my endless love;
And, like the train of vulgar hours,
Invidious Time that space devours.
"Song IX. - The fatal hours are wondrous near" by William Shenstone
In the devouring lion's teeth,
Torn, and forsook of all, I lay;
Thou sprang'st into the jaws of death,
From death to save the helpless prey.
"Hymn XXIII: Extended on a Cursed Tree" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Back when single-celled organisms ruled Earth, a gigantic black hole lurking quietly at the center of a distant galaxy dismantled and devoured a star.
It was a raunchy, troubling and hilarious novel that turned into a cult phenomenon devoured by a legion of medical students, interns, residents and doctors.
But don't be one of them—for to devour this masterpiece in a single session would be as misguided as swigging a tumbler of 18-year-old Scotch in one ravenous gulp.
Indeed, at times a devouring ego seems to be at work.
Boris Khalif moved to the United States from Ukraine at the age of 10, loved computers and devoured everything he could find about them.
Devour the season with delicious outdoor events.
Red giant devours planet.
Ragtime music plays from vintage speakers, old-fashioned speciality cocktails are being sipped, and Southern comfort food is being devoured.
Adventurous Cameron Diaz was almost devoured by an angry fish while scuba diving during a recent tropical vacation.
They came out of the darkness the other night devouring everything in their path.
Furtive trips to the mantel to stuff in small packages of wonder… foil wrapped Santas poking out, waiting to be devoured before breakfast… the CHRISTMAS STOCKING.
They made disconcerting crunching noises while devouring animal bones.
Invasive red foxes, which appear to have migrated to Tasmania , could devour the remaining marsupials as the cartoon devil Taz devoured anything in his path.
While you're trying to find every available reason to be outside this spring, termites are doing the exact opposite -- trying to worm their way indoors and devour your walls and floors.
Whether they are picking at your trolling spread, attacking your topwater, or trying to devour your catch, they can be quite the nuisance.

In science:

Thus, a black hole has no structure! It is just pure gravitation devouring anything around, with a special point where all the stuff ends up, and a geometrical (not real) surface acting like a one-way membrane hiding this special singular point from view of external observers.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects