-Ivorous

Need to know the word for someone who eats mostly dung (or mostly apples)? Probably not, but who doesn’t like an interesting -Ivorous.

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.

AurivorousGold

BaccivorousBerries

CanivorousDogs

CarnivorousMeat, animals

CepivorousOnions

CultrivorousKnife swallowing

DetritivorousDecaying matter

EquivorousHorse flesh

FerrivorousIron

FolivorousLeaves, foliage

FrondivorousLeaves

FructivorousFruit

FumivorousSnake

FungivorousFunghi

GalactophagusMilk

GallinivorousPoultry

GraminivorousGrass, herbs

GranivorousSeeds, grain

HerbivorousPlants

HominivorousHumans

InsectivorousInsects

LactivorousMilk

LarvivorousLarvae

LeguminivorousBeans, peas

LichenivorousLichen

LignivorousWood

MellivorousHoney

MerdivorousDung

NectarivorousNectar

NucivorousNuts

OffivorousOffal

OmnivorousEverything

OrnithivorousBirds

OryzivorousRice

OssivorousBones

OvivorousEggs

OvivorousSheep

PanivorousBread

PhytivorousPlant matter

PinivorousPine kernels

PiperivorousPepper

PiscivorousFish

PollinivorousPollen

PomivorousApples

QuercivorousOak leaves

RadicivorousRoots

RanivorousFrogs

ReptilivorousReptiles

SanguivorousBlood

SeminivorousSeeds

VerminivorousVermin, grubs

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’.

3 thoughts on “-Ivorous

      • May 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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        Outstanding! We will update the article – thank you! 😊😊

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