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[hur-buh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
a herbivorous animal.
Origin of herbivore
1850-55; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vore Unabridged
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Examples from the web for herbivore
  • Her family supports her choice and used a meat substitute with the tomatoes to make herbivore-friendly tacos.
  • It would truly be a shock to me if someone discovered and described a spider that was an absolutely strict herbivore.
  • Another herbivore, the marsh deer, grazes on leaves and grasses.
  • These scents attract the predators of herbivores to the scene.
  • Camels have canines, which you would not expect in an herbivore.
  • Unfortunately for the rhino, humans favored the same habitat and had little use for a large herbivore that raided their crops.
  • In so many anthropomorphic films the herbivores talk and the carnivores roar.
  • It was an herbivore, and judging from the artists' renderings, quite muscular.
  • The bigger the tree gets, the bigger the herbivore has to get to reach its food.
  • The bigger the herbivore gets the bigger the carnivore has to get to reach its food.
British Dictionary definitions for herbivore


an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
(informal) a liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic person
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin herbivora grass-eaters
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Word Origin and History for herbivore

1851, from Modern Latin herbivora (1830) or French herbivore (1748), from Latin herbivorus, from herba "a herb" + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).

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herbivore in Science
  (hûr'bə-vôr', ûr'-)   
An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants. In a food chain, herbivores are primary consumers. Compare carnivore, detritivore.

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herbivore in Culture
herbivore [(hur-buh-vawr, ur-buh-vawr)]

A living thing that eats only plants. Cattle, sheep, and horses are herbivores.

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