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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·vour v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured p. pr. & vb. n. Devouring.]
 1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon.
    Some evil beast hath devoured him.   --Gen. xxxvii. 20.
 2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate.
    Famine and pestilence shall devour him.   --Ezek. vii. 15.
    I waste my life and do my days devour.   --Spenser.
 3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses.
 Longing they look, and gaping at the sight,
 Devour her o'er with vast delight.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : destroyed or wasted as if by eating; "forests devoured by
            flame"; "an inheritance eaten up by debt" [syn: eaten