Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied:
- Of or relating to carnivores.
- Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
- Characterized by destructive or predatory behavior or instincts: "a city becoming increasingly carnivorous as it becomes decreasingly serious about governance” ( George F. Will).
- Botany Capable of trapping insects or other small organisms and absorbing nutrients from them; insectivorous.