Need to know the word for someone who eats mostly dung (or mostly apples)? Probably not, but who doesn’t like an interesting -Ivorous.
by John Pope on May 2, 2016
We all know what a carnivore and a herbivore are, but there are many more kinds of -ivorous that a person (or other creature) might choose to be.
Just in case you are wondering what the correct word is for somebody who eats mostly wood, or indeed someone who swallows knives, you can find them and many more such useful things in the handy list below.
Sadly my list is slightly incomplete. Despite the fact that the picture above shows Michel Lotito, who ate his way through the entire plane pictured over the course of two years, I couldn’t actually find a word for someone or something that eats mostly metal. If anyone happens to know such a word then let me know and I’ll add it, if not then I might just have to make one up.
Oh, and if you are wondering why gold is on the list when nothing particularly eats gold, Horace Walpole famously (and quite rightly) wrote that ‘Man is an aurivorous animal’.