voraciousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n voraciousness an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts) "the greediness of lawyers"
    • n voraciousness extreme gluttony
    • n voraciousness excessive desire to eat
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n voraciousness The state or character of being voracious; greediness of appetite; ravenousness; voracity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Voraciousness quality of being voracious
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vorax, voracisvorāre, to devour.

Usage

In literature:

Lake or Mackinaw trout are as voracious as pike.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
The wolves were so voracious because they had not eaten for several days.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Ravenous: greedy; voracious; hungrily.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He, in fact, conceived a voracious ambition of knowledge.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
They have great strong teeth, bigger than a shark's, and are the most voracious fish I ever saw.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Voracious fish, too, pursue the army as it advances in close columns, and swallow immense numbers.
"Michael Penguyne" by William H. G. Kingston
On reaching the ship they were offered some bread, which they devoured with a voracious appetite.
"The Cannibal Islands" by R.M. Ballantyne
I ate voraciously, seizing the food in my naked fingers, and rending it like a beast.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The Loddon chub are nevertheless extremely voracious at odd times.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
In some cases the appetite is voracious.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
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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:

A Voracious Outsider Grabs a Toehold , and That Means War.
During that time, he became a voracious reader and writer.
Voracious Big Sugar gobbling up subsidies, killing off waterways.
Voracious intruders unlikely to have impact on largemouth fishing.
Citricola scale a voracious SJV pest — field day photos.
News Local News Brookings girl victim of voracious beach 'bugs.
How Do Firefighters Tackle a Voracious , Out-of-Control Fire.
Kristen Stewart Falls For Fashion, Disses ' Voracious , Starving Sh-t Eater' Critics in Vanity Fair.
China's Voracious Appetite for Commodities.
I feel like a voracious eater who is finally full up to here.
While oak trees are the preferred host for gypsy moths , the voracious caterpillar will feed on most any nearby tree.
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.
A voracious feeder, Asian carp could easily starve out native species which would be unable to compete for food.
Voracious demand for wood to feed factories for exports and.
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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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