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[hur-buh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/
a herbivorous animal.
1850-55; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vore Unabridged
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  • They also had to be fairly deer-proof, since four-legged herbivores easily outnumber people around here.
  • Being herbivores, they eat the same fodder as sheep, and have no desire to dine out on their charges.
  • Farmers raise herbivores for food largely because they produce meat more cheaply.
  • These endangered hoofed mammals, which live in transitory groups called harems, are herbivores that subsist on foraged plants.
  • Patrons also can become zookeepers for a day, helping to feed the herbivores and tend the park's birds.
  • The dense vegetation attracts many herbivores which in turn attracts their predators.
  • Everyone knows that the huge, long-necked sauropod dinosaurs were herbivores.
  • It featured an array of dinosaurs and included a colored key explaining whether they were herbivores or carnivores.
  • By this time the horned dinosaurs and hadrosaurs were the primary herbivores on the landscape.
  • If herbivores went into a torpor or hibernation they would have been easy prey for predators.
British Dictionary definitions for herbivores


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 herbivores



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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herbivores 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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herbivores 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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