Eating or feeding on flesh. The term is applied: (a) to animals which naturally seek flesh for food, as the tiger, dog, etc.; (b) to plants which are supposed to absorb animal food; (c) to substances which destroy animal tissue, as caustics.
Used in the gardening world to denote a plant (usually tropical) that typically lives in highly acidic soil that doesn't adequately provide enough nourishment. Nature has adapted these plants to trap and consume insects for this need. An example is the Venus Flytrap plant.
Related Topics: [ wetlands] [ plants] Carnivory is a useful strategy for plants growing in nutrient poor environments. Throughout the world there are over 500 species of carnivorous plants in many different families. In North America carnivorous plants are mostly found in boggy environments - they include the bladderwarts, venus' flytrap, the pitcher-plants and the sundews. Each of these plants has its own distinctive way for trapping prey.
The term used to describe the diet of an organism who eats living animals. Strictly speaking, Purple Martins are carnivorous, since insects are animals. More specifically, Purple Martins are insectivorous. See "insectivorous."