a) Having a diet which is neither exclusively carnivorous nor herbivorous.

2003 Winchester, Simon, The Meaning of Everything; The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, New York: Oxford University Press. p72:

b) Having an interest in a variety of subjects.

, He was omnivorous in his appetite for knowledge, quite catholic in his range of interests […]

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