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We're all technically omnivorous. Omni in this case refers to people who elect to continue eating omnivorously, as opposed to those who have eliminated meat (and possibly more) from our diet.
 

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Depends on classification based on the design of the animal. I've read enough on this, and even leaned toward herbivore long enough, before realizing we are indeed evolved as omnivores. The beauty of being able to eat a variety of diets is that we can survive on a vegan diet supplemented w/B12 and, if necessary, other nutrients.
 

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That doesnt necessarily answer my question, does omnivore/herbivore/carnivore refer to diet or to body type? I know we evolved as omnivores as our bodies can survive on an omnivoric diet, but again, this bring me to my question. Does the classification system revolve around what the animal actually eats or what it can eat?
 

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Yeah but they aren't even vegetarian... So they don't even need to be mentioned... it annoys me how there is a sub-category of vegetarian to include one's that eat flesh...

Which kinda makes it an oxy-moron......

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I'll preface this by saying I'm a big dork, and I'm into etymology and stuff....

I always thought "omni" (the Latin prefix) means 'all' or 'universal': as in "omniscient" means "all-knowing", "omnipresent" means "being in all places at all times".

So "omnivore" would mean "eating all". (I looked this up to be sure and I was right.) i.e., not eliminating anything from one's diet, eating anything available. So technically, "omnivore" encompasses a greater meaning than simply "not veg*n". But we all know what we mean anyway, I just wanted to clarify.

That's my lecture for the day.
 

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It must be based on the animal characteristics. If it was based on things animals actually ate , dogs and cats and even large cats (eg, tigers) would be omnivores as they all eat grass at certain times (not really for food).

I saw a show on a jaguar in the wild which ate this certain grass which apparently was like a mild drug. It apparently boosted the cat's nervous system and sensitivity to sensory stimuli.

Sometimes carnivores eat certain grasses and stuff for digestive (or other) reasons.
 

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Originally posted by CharityAJO

I think it's more of a classification used to describe an entire species - therefore, the human species would be omnivorous. Of course, I could be completely wrong.
No, you're not wrong.

This is what I was trying to say. However, on the boards here, it is shorthand for "non-vegetarian person."
 

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my brother cracked up,well he did that along time ago....anyway he thought it was hysterical that i just casually referred to certain ppl as omnis. it is kinda funny.
 

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Originally posted by majake

That doesnt necessarily answer my question, does omnivore/herbivore/carnivore refer to diet or to body type? I know we evolved as omnivores as our bodies can survive on an omnivoric diet, but again, this bring me to my question. Does the classification system revolve around what the animal actually eats or what it can eat?
Depends on context. (Omnivorous diet vs., omnivorous species.)
 
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