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Ranivorous (Adjective)

Pronunciation: [ræ-‘ni-vê-rês ]

Definition 1: Frog-eating.
Usage 1: Western Europeans have inherited their ranivorousness from the French, who discovered the delicacy of the flavor of the legs of the bull frog. The adverb would be "ranivorously" and the noun "ranivorousness" rather than "ranivorosity." An animal that eats frogs would be a "ranivore."
Suggested usage: Many biologists are worried about the world-wide disappearance of frogs. Many believe that frogs may be an early warning of a failure of our ecosystem that will mean more mosquitoes and other insects, and fewer ranivorous animals like minks, otters, and snakes (whose skins protect us from the mosquitoes). Our theory? Sasquatch (Bigfoot) is ranivorous and is breeding.
Etymology: From Latin rana "frog" derived from the PIE root *rek- "bellow" also found in rancare "to bellow" and Russian rech' "speech."
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