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Most bear species are omnivorous, but individuals’ diets can range from almost exclusively herbivorous to almost exclusively carnivorous depending on what food sources are available locally and seasonally.
paraphrased from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnivore(retrieved 03/25/08)
  feeding on both plants and animals
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Strongly Associated with:   carnivorous, herbivorous
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  • Most bear species are omnivorous, but individuals’ diets can range from almost exclusively herbivorous to almost exclusively carnivorous depending on what food sources are available locally and seasonally.
    paraphrased from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnivore(retrieved 03/25/08)
  • It was certainly a shark, it had its distinctive shape, its malevolent stare, but this was a new species, omnivorous and blind.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Nor with goats, though they prove some inconvenience in terms of their omnivorous habits; one ate a handkerchief of mine last year, though I admit the fault was mine in allowin’ the fabric to protrude injudiciously from my coat-pocket."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He could almost see them waiting on the other side of the canvas wall, bunched up expectantly like a pack of greedy, gloating omnivorous beasts of prey, ready with their barbaric mirth and jeers to pounce on him brutally the moment he reappeared.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • For like certain other omnivorous roving lovers that might be named, my Lord Whale has no taste for the nursery, however much for the bower; and so, being a great traveller, he leaves his anonymous babies all over the world; every baby an exotic.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Henchard, being uncultivated himself, was the bitterest critic the fair girl could possibly have had of her own lapses—really slight now, for she read omnivorously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • One of the stanchest patrons was little Ned Higgins, the devourer of Jim Crow and the elephant, who to-day signalized his omnivorous prowess by swallowing two dromedaries and a locomotive.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • …been both long enough to have grown accustomed to it, only, thank God (and this restores my faith not in human nature perhaps but at least in man) that he really does not become inured to hardship and privation: it is only the mind, the gross omnivorous carrion-heavy soul which becomes inured; the body itself, thank God, never reconciled from the old soft feel of soap and clean linen and something between the sole of the foot and the earth to distinguish it from the foot of a beast.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • And while deciphering from its pages the price of shoes, jackets, hats, and caps for his five omnivorous children, a greatcoat for himself of soothing proportions, high collar, broad belt, large, impressive buttons chancing to take his eye, he had paused to consider regretfully that the family budget of three thousand dollars a year would never permit of so great luxury this coming winter, particularly since his wife, Ella, had had her mind upon a fur coat for at least three winters…
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • They were two-legged animals, omnivorous.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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  • Burning nights and days in his sullen grove, Funereal as onyx, hind legs splayed, Sick and omnivorous, the ruptured goat Participates in the antics of the brain.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • When people heard a noise at night, did they think the heap was coming down around them, sliding toward their homes, an omnivorous movie terror filling their doorways and windows?
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Human beings are omnivores.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Carnivore, omnivore or herbivore?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The biped omnivore again had need of his biting, tearing, animal teeth, for the race was spilling out (as it had so often before) to kill or be killed, eat or be eaten.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Wind their way through miles of omnivorous forest to sucksucculent her breast dry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I know perfectly well my own egotism, Know my omnivorous lines and must not write any less, And would fetch you whoever you are flush with myself.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "She’s an omnivore.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • …and Anna Lappes Hope’s Edge (2003), Matthew Scully’s Dominion (2003), Carlo Petrini’s Slow Food (2004), Deborah Koons Garcia’s The Future of Food (2004), Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me (2004), Franny Armstrong’s McLibel (2005), Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), Aaron Woolf’s King Corn (2008), Raj Patel’s Stuffed and Starved (2008), Robby Kenner’s Food, Inc. (2009), Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland (2011), the reporting of Tom Philpott, the essays of Corby Kummer and Mark Bittman,…
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA Now I had a big problem.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • But because we are omnivores we have very little built-in instinct that tells us which foods are good for us and which aren’t.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The more I studied and read about food the more I realized I was suffering from a form of the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • But, unlike koalas and monarch butterflies, omnivores not only can eat different foods, we need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The omnivore’s dilemma has been around a long time.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • So I set out to try to solve the modern omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Rats are also omnivores.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • That’s the omnivore’s dilemma and it’s growing bigger every day.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma IS THAT FOOD?
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Ultimately, our omnivore’s dilemma is rooted in our nature as human beings — but we’ve made our choices much harder than they used to be.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • THE MODERN OMNIVORE Over thousands of years, human beings built a culture of food that helped us figure out what to eat and what to avoid.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • By following simple rules like these, people solved the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Today, the modern omnivore has almost no culture to fall back on.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Modern Americans have lost the solution to the omnivore’s dilemma and today the problem is bigger than it has ever been.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • THE OMNIVORE’S BRAIN The first thing we should remember is that our bodies have evolved to help us solve the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • THE OMNIVORE’S BRAIN The first thing we should remember is that our bodies have evolved to help us solve the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The omnivore’s dilemma is one reason our brains are so large.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Humans, on the other hand, need a lot of brainpower to safely choose an omnivore’s diet.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • A sweet tooth is part of our omnivore’s brain.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Once it was discovered, cooking became one of the most important tools of the human omnivore.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • When it comes to the omnivore’s dilemma, each rat is on its own.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Rats solve the omnivore’s dilemma by testing new food.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Luckily, we don’t have to use the rat method for solving the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • The culture of food didn’t just solve the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • In 2002, one article in the New THE NO-FAD FRENCH Relying on experts or magazine articles is a very new way of solving the omnivore’s dilemma.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • MARKETING NEW MEALS And so for us, the omnivore’s dilemma becomes bigger and bigger.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • We were going to solve the omnivore’s dilemma the way millions of Americans do every day.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Their heads were slightly equine but they had pads rather than hoofs and were omnivores, not hayburners.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • They are omnivores whereas I understand that T. rex ate only meat.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • In her bewilderment, she offered him first a wooden dragoon, and next a handful of marbles; neither of which being adapted to his else omnivorous appetite, she hastily held out her whole remaining stock of natural history in gingerbread, and huddled the small customer out of the shop.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • SOLVING THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA I met several of those customers on Wednesday afternoon as they came to collect the fresh chickens they’d reserved.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
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