voracious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj voracious devouring or craving food in great quantities "edacious vultures","a rapacious appetite","ravenous as wolves","voracious sharks"
    • adj voracious excessively greedy and grasping "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl","ravening creditors","paying taxes to voracious governments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern U.S.
    • a Voracious Greedy in eating; very hungry; eager to devour or swallow; ravenous; gluttonous; edacious; rapacious; as, a voracious man or appetite; a voracious gulf or whirlpool.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • voracious Greedy in eating; eating food in large quantities; marked by voracity; ravenous: as, a voracious man.
    • voracious Rapacious.
    • voracious Ready to swallow up: as, a voracious gulf or whirlpool. Synonyms Ravenous, etc. See rapacious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Voracious vō-rā′shus eager to devour: greedy: very hungry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vorax, -acis, fr. vorare, to devour; akin to Gr. meat, food, to devour, Skr. gar,. Cf. Devour
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vorax, voracisvorāre, to devour.

Usage

In literature:

He had read, if not wisely, at least voraciously, and he displayed a wide and profound acquaintance with modern biography.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
The Indians also eat them very voraciously.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
It attains a length of 30 feet, but is neither fierce nor voracious.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
So, the more species became mobile, the more they became voracious and dangerous to one another.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
They raced across the walls in platoons, thin and voracious as wolves.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
He seized upon a loaf, which was offered him by one of his comrades, and voraciously devoured it.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
Still the Indians ate, voraciously, wolfishly, as though they could never get enough.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
My presence startled three voracious condors, which were feeding on the dead carcass.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Everywhere floated an odor of victuals, and the sullen and voracious look of the people grew.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
He attacked the eatables with a most voracious appetite.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
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In poetry:

The gnawing worm, that never dies,
In ev'ry conscious bosom lies,
And tears voraciously its prey,
Yet never can its hunger lay.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren, (Part 2­), Or A Description Of Hell, An" by Rees Prichard
Let no one his unhallow'd victuals eat,
Or stuff his paunch, like a voracious swine,
'Till he has begg'd a blessing on his meat,
And gratefully acknowledg'd aid divine.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
The serpent's cunning, and the dragon's ire,
The lion's strength, the glaring tiger's fire,
The wolf's voraciousness, the fox's fraud,
Belong to Satan, when he roams abroad.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
The butter-making, bread and cheese,
The old folks difficult to please,
The harvest hands--voracious bears!--
The infantry, a parent's pride,
By duos proudly classified:
So multiplied her cares.
"Never Had A Chance" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Blackberries are delicious – and voracious.
All that is needed to truly appreciate this enticing Brazilian rodizio is a large group with a voracious appetite.
Entrekin himself has always read voraciously.
During that time, he became a voracious reader and writer.
News Local News Brookings girl victim of voracious beach 'bugs.
How Do Firefighters Tackle a Voracious , Out-of-Control Fire.
E.'s voracious 'Scouted': Hide your daughters.
Sarah Palin is a " voracious reader".
Kluwe's voracious appetite for reading was also instrumental.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians is placing a bounty on the heads of coyotes in an effort to thin the population of the voracious predators.
The city's voracious food bloggers, amateur and otherwise, have yet to descend.
I feel like a voracious eater who is finally full up to here.
The voracious self-promotion empire that is Russian spy babe Anna Chapman now claims another conquest.
These voracious pests prefer the roses in my garden, but I've also found them on raspberries, hydrangeas, asparagus, and hibiscus.
The juvenile stage of the slug creates the most damage to crops and its voracious appetite can be devastating for farmers who have had a history of slug problems.
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In science:

Nature’s appetite appears to be more voracious on grander scales, gobbling up large quantities of matter while exhibiting little sign of digestion.
Weighing Superclusters
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