vo·ra·cious (vô-rāshəs, və-)
1. Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.
2. Having or marked by a strong desire for an activity or pursuit: a voracious reader.
[From Latin vorāx, vorāc-, from vorāre, to swallow, devour.]
vo·raci·ty (-răsĭ-tē), vo·racious·ness n.
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