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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-vore Also -vora and -vorous.

An organism living on a given type of food.

[Latin -vorus, from vorare, to devour.]

Examples include carnivore (Latin caro, carn-, flesh), a flesh-eating animal; herbivore (Latin herba, herb, green vegetation), an animal that eats plants; and omnivore (Latin omnis, all), an animal or person that eats a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.

The associated ending -vorous (see -ous) supplies adjectives: carnivorous; insectivorous, feeding on insects; nectarivorous, feeding on nectar.

The suffix -vora appears in the names of animal classifications: Carnivora is an order of flesh-eating mammals that includes the cats, dogs, and hyenas; Insectivora is an order of small mammals that live on insects, such as the shrews, moles, and hedgehogs.

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