frugivorous

adjective
fru·​giv·​o·​rous | \ frü-ˈji-və-rəs How to pronounce frugivorous (audio) \

Definition of frugivorous

: feeding on fruit

Other Words from frugivorous

frugivore \ ˈfrü-​ji-​ˌvȯr How to pronounce frugivorous (audio) \ noun

Examples of frugivorous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This study also indicated that frugivorous and nectarivorous songbirds that live in dense forests generally are more colorful, supporting previous research that found links between habitats (ref, ref & ref) and dietary factors (ref). Grrlscientist, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The two huge fig trees found here are home to large numbers of frugivorous birds like the Asian koel, white-cheeked barbet, roseringed parakeet, the common myna, and the jungle myna. Bahar Dutt, Quartz India, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of frugivorous

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frugivorous

Latin frug-, frux + English -vorous

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The first known use of frugivorous was in 1713

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“Frugivorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frugivorous. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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frugivorous

adjective
fru·​giv·​o·​rous | \ frü-ˈjiv-ə-rəs How to pronounce frugivorous (audio) \

Medical Definition of frugivorous

: feeding on fruit

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