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herbivore

[hur-buh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
noun
1.
a herbivorous animal.
Origin of herbivore
1850-1855
1850-55; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vore
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Examples from the Web for herbivore
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  • A garbage can is an herbivore grazing on stalks of ringworm.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • There are a few species of rodent-like animals—they're scavengers—and a herbivore we called the woods goat.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for herbivore

herbivore

/ˈhɜːbɪˌvɔː/
noun
1.
an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
2.
(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
n.

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
herbivore
  (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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