Insectivorous In`sec*tiv"o*rous, a. [See {Insectivora}.] Feeding or subsisting on insects; carnivorous. The term is applied: (a) to plants which have some special adaptation for catching and digesting insects, as the sundew, Venus's flytrap, Sarracenia, etc. (b) to the Insectivora, and many bats, birds, and reptiles. [1913 Webster]

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