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voracious adj
1 excessively greedy and grasping; "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious governments" [syn: rapacious, ravening]
2 devouring or craving food in great quantities; "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks" [syn: edacious, esurient, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, wolfish]

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From vorax#Latin < voro#Latin "I devour".


  • /vɔːˈreɪ.ʃəs/ or /vəˈreɪ.ʃəs/, /vO:"reI.S@s/, /v@"reI.S@s/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪʃəs


  1. Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.
    The beast's voracious habit led many to fear him.
  2. Having a great appetite for anything (e.g. "a voracious reader").
    Even as a young girl, she was a voracious reader.


  • 1867 — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch 45
    The old man was up, betimes, next morning, and waited impatiently for the appearance of his new associate, who after a delay that seemed interminable, at length presented himself, and commenced a voracious assault on the breakfast.
  • 1922 — Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion, ch VII
    If he carried chiefly his appetite, a zeal for tiled bathrooms, a conviction that the Pullman car is the acme of human comfort, and a belief that it is proper to tip waiters, taxicab drivers, and barbers, but under no circumstances station agents and ushers, then his Odyssey will be replete with good meals and bad meals, bathing adventures, compartment-train escapades, and voracious demands for money.


devouring great quantities of food
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