noun \ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvr\

: an animal that only eats plants

Full Definition of HERBIVORE

:  a herbivorous animal


New Latin Herbivora, group of mammals, from neuter plural of herbivorus
First Known Use: 1854

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra


noun \ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvō(ə)r, -ˌv(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HERBIVORE

: a plant-eating animal; especially : ungulate


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Animal adapted to subsist solely on plant tissues. Herbivores range from insects (e.g., aphids) to large mammals (e.g., elephants), but the term is most often applied to ungulates. Adaptations for a herbivorous diet include the four-chambered stomach of ruminants, the ever-growing incisor teeth of rodents, and the specialized grinding molars of cattle, sheep, and goats. Certain herbivores eat only one type of food (e.g., the koala), but most have at least moderate variety in their diet.


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