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voracious
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
excessively greedy; or devouring or craving food in great quantities
  • His voracity is well known, and from the circumstance that the inner angles of his lips are curved upwards, he carries an everlasting Mephistophelean grin on his face.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (61% in)
  • ...Floundered and dived, in play, in chace, in battle, Fishes of every colour, form, and kind; Which language cannot paint, and mariner Had never seen; from dread Leviathan To insect millions peopling every wave: Gather'd in shoals immense, like floating islands, Led by mysterious instincts through that waste And trackless region, though on every side Assaulted by voracious enemies, Whales, sharks, and monsters, arm'd in front or jaw, With swords, saws, spiral horns, or hooked fangs."
    Extracts (60% in)
  • In most other parts of the ocean, however, where these fish do not so largely abound, their wondrous voracity can be at times considerably diminished, by vigorously stirring them up with sharp whaling-spades, a procedure notwithstanding, which, in some instances, only seems to tickle them into still greater activity.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (90% in)

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