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herbivorous

[hur-biv-er-uh s, ur-] /hɜrˈbɪv ər əs, ɜr-/
adjective
1.
feeding on plants.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vorous
Related forms
herbivority
[hur-buh-vawr-i-tee, -vor-] /ˌhɜr bəˈvɔr ɪ ti, -ˈvɒr-/ (Show IPA),
noun
herbivorously, adverb
Can be confused
carnivorous, herbivorous, omnivorous.
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Examples from the web for herbivorous
  • With the exception of the herbivorous manatees and dugongs, all marine mammals are carnivores.
  • The species is herbivorous, primarily eating the seeds and foliage of juniper trees, although other vegetation is also consumed.
  • The herbivorous bighorn sheep live high in the mountains away from predators.
British Dictionary definitions for herbivorous

herbivorous

/hɜːˈbɪvərəs/
adjective
1.
(of animals) feeding on grass and other plants
2.
(informal) liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic
Derived Forms
herbivorously, adverb
herbivorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for herbivorous
adj.

"plant-eating," 1660s, from Modern Latin herbivorus, from Latin herba "a herb" + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).

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