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herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ˌ(h)ər-ˈbiv-rəs, -ˈbi-və-\

Definition of herbivorous

  1. :  feeding on plants

her·biv·o·ry play \-ˈbi-və-rē\ noun


Origin of herbivorous

New Latin herbivorus, from Latin herba grass + -vorus -vorous


First Known Use: 1661

Rhymes with herbivorous


HERBIVOROUS Defined for Kids

herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ˌhər-ˈbi-və-rəs, ˌər-ˈbi-\

Definition of herbivorous

  1. :  feeding on plants



Word Root of herbivorous

The Latin word vorāre, meaning “to eat greedily,” gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.


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herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ˌ(h)ər-ˈbiv-ə-rəs\

Medical Definition of herbivorous

  1. 1:  feeding on plants <herbivorous mammals>

  2. 2:  having a stout body and a long small intestine :  endomorphic

  3. her·biv·o·rous·ly adverb




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