Origin of herbivorous
New Latin herbivorus, from Latin herba grass + -vorus -vorous
First Known Use: 1661
HERBIVOROUS Defined for Kids
Definition of herbivorous for Students
: 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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