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Definition feeding on both plants and animals
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • They were two-legged animals, omnivorous.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Carnivore, omnivore or herbivore?
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Human beings are omnivores.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • 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
  • 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
  • "She's an omnivore.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...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
  • ...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!
  • You can find more of them in the book I wrote after The Omnivore's Dilemma, called In Defense of Food.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • The Omnivore s'Solution: Some Tips for Eating I'll bet I know your last burning question: "What now?"
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • If I had to give this dinner a name, it would have to be the Omnivore's Thanksgiving.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • The double-edged sword of being an omnivore was that while I could eat nearly anything, it also meant that I had to decide what was edible.
    Matthew Mather  --  Cyberstorm

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