Italian Language/use of: "carnivora"
My question is about the Italian word - “carnivora”.
I understand that “carnivora” can be the feminine form of the masculine adjective “carnivoro” meaning “carnivorous”.
I am wondering if “carnivora” is also a feminine noun that refers to a female flesh eating animal.
I ask this question because my dictionary identifies “carnivoro” as a masculine noun, but does not include an entry for “carnivora” as a feminine noun.
I also ask this question because my dictionary listing for “erbivoro” includes both a masculine noun – “erbivoro” and a feminine noun - “erbivora”. I was wondering why there is not a similar listing for the feminine noun - “carnivora”.
Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help.
the Italian word “carnivora” is exactly the feminine form of the masculine adjective “carnivoro” meaning “carnivorous”.
Anyway in Italian the word “carnivoro” is both a masculine noun (plural “carnivori”) and an adjective agreeing with the noun it refers to, differently from English where “carnivorous” is an adjective, while “carnivore” is a noun.
See e.g.:”Un animale carnivoro” (a carnivorous/flesh eating animal); “Una pianta carnivora (A carnivorous plant); “In natura c’č equilibrio tra carnivori, erbivori e onnivori”(The natural world requires a balance of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores);“Un carnivoro di solito mangia preferibilmente la carne” ( A carnivore is used to eat meat) where the masculine noun “carnivoro” indicates a person who is not a vegetarian.
Similarly, “erbivoro” is both a masculine noun (herbivore, in English) and an adjective (herbivorous, in English) agreeing with the noun it refers to, as in e.g. “un animale erbivoro” (herbivorous animal); “ Le mucche e le pecore appartengono agli erbivori” (Cows and sheep are herbivores), etc.