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Monday, May 20

Voracious

[vȯ-ˈrā-shəs]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Consuming or wanting excessive quantities of food

2.

Possessing a surplus of excitement for something

3.

Unable to be satisfied

Examples of Voracious in a sentence

"Feeding a large dog can be expensive thanks to their voracious appetites."

"Sarah was always a voracious reader-- she would finish books weeks before I did."

About Voracious

A man named Howard Berg might be the world's most voracious reader. The Guinness Book of World Records clocked his reading speed at an absurd 25,000 words per minute. That would allow him to read the average novel in less than five minutes. Berg could even write over 100 words per minute, too. For reference, the average person can read between 250-300 words per minute and write 13 words per minute.

Did you Know?

Voracious shares roots with the words that describe what types of diets animals eat, including carnivorous, herbivorous, and omnivorous. It's also related to "devour."

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