her·​bi·​vore | \ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvȯr \

Definition of herbivore 

: a herbivorous animal

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Take for example two large, aesthetically similar, habitat-sharing herbivores: the Asian elephant and the rhinoceros. Zoe Sayler, Smithsonian, "What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation," 21 Mar. 2018 Today, most researchers believe the bird was a herbivore, munching mostly on tough-skinned fruits and seed pods. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 Scientists believe the Ingentia prima was an herbivore weighing about 10 tons, which is equivalent to 2 to 3 elephants. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Fossil of first giant dinosaur, dubbed Ingentia prima, found in Argentina," 11 July 2018 Predictably, people were taking photographs with the big herbivore from almost every angle on the main floor and also up on the second-floor balcony, where Maximo’s eye sockets peer toward the Halls of the Pacific exhibit. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 Nearly everything in the thicket is edible to the mega-herbivores such as elephants and so nearly everything has evolved thorns and spikes in a kind of vegetarian arms race. New York Times, "Where Female Elephants Without Tusks Roam — and Poachers Stay Away," 16 June 2018 While some gargantuan dinosaurs certainly did exist and may have weighed over 100 tons, those giants tended to be herbivores. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 Iguana-proof plants: Iguanas are herbivores and love to munch on bougainvillea, hibiscus, orchids, mangoes and bananas, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Expert tips on how to control iguanas," 21 June 2018 According to the study, the ratio of neurons to brain size in most carnivores was nearly equivalent to herbivores. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Study Says Dogs Are Actually Smarter Than Cats," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of herbivore

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herbivore

New Latin Herbivora, group of mammals, from neuter plural of herbivorus

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English Language Learners Definition of herbivore

: an animal that only eats plants


her·​bi·​vore | \ˈhər-bə-ˌvȯr, ˈər-\

Kids Definition of herbivore

: an animal that feeds on plants


her·​bi·​vore | \ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvō(ə)r, -ˌvȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of herbivore 

: a plant-eating animal especially : ungulate

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