Science Word in the News: CARNIVORE
Not all carnivores
Have jaws or claws.
Can you believe
Some have leaves?
Definition: A CARNIVORE is an organism that feeds on animal flesh.
Derivation: CARNIVORE comes from two Latin words.
Carn means meat and vorare means to devour.
Other words with these roots:
Carnage, large-scale killing
Voracious, having a great appetite
Locavore, a person who eats locally grown foods
Did You Know?
Some plants are carnivorous because they trap and digest insects. One carnivorous plant, the venus fly trap, “counts” from one to five to trap and digest its prey.
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