vor-, vora-, -vore, -vorous, -vores, -vora, -vory

(Latin: eat, eating; consume, consuming; ingest, ingesting; devour, devouring; feeding on)

1. Feeding on bones.
2. In medicine, bone destroying as from a disease.
ossivory (adjective)
This word represents either: feeding on eggs or eating the flesh of sheep.
ovivory (adjective)
The consumption of bread as a source of food or living primarily on bread.
Man is eating nothing except bread.
Here is a man who is a serious panivore and so he is an example of panivory.
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panivory (adjective)
Robot consumes or

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Verging on what some consider to be a "new science": photovore, photovorous.

Feeding on or “ingesting” light as a source of energy; especially, applicable to light-seeking robots.
Robotic light eater or photovorous
This photovorous robot is "ingesting" its need for photo energy.
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Light-craving or photovorous robots

The words photovore, photovory, photovorous refer to feeding on or “ingesting” light as a source of energy. Especially applicable to light-seeking robots.

The robot shown above does not represent the kinds of robots built by Mark Tilden and his robot designers from high schools and up into various adult levels of inventors.

Light-craving robots are based on what is called BEAM principles (biology, electronics, aesthetics, and mechanics).

BEAM is a style of robotics that primarily uses simple analog circuits, instead of a microprocessor. Unlike many other types of robots controlled by microcontrollers, BEAM robots are built on the principle of using multiple simple behaviors linked directly to sensor systems with little signal conditioning.

For the future, Tilden ponders an "ecology" of robots fulfilling their biological, electronic, artistic, and mechanical mandates in concert.

—Coined by Mark Tilden, a hardware engineer at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
As seen in an article titled, “Photovores” by A. K. Dewdney in the
September, 1992, issue of Scientific American, page 42.
photovory (adjective)
Feeding on plants or vegetable matter.

Related "eat, eating" word units: brycho-; esculent-; esophago-; glutto-; phago-.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "food, nutrition, nourishment": alimento-; broma-; carno-; cibo-; esculent-; sitio-; tropho-; Eating Crawling Snacks; Eating: Carnivorous-Plant "Pets"; Eating: Folivory or Leaf Eaters; Eating: Omnivorous.

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