her·​bi·​vore | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvȯr \

Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

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But rhinos, as herbivores, would have different needs than wolves. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Devastating Tsunami Threatens Endangered Rhinos," 28 Dec. 2018 Around noon Monday, police boarded an empty N train, which ferried officers down the track to retrieve the wayward herbivores. Sarah Maslin Nir, The Seattle Times, "Not Your Average Subway Delay: Hungry Goats on the Tracks," 20 Aug. 2018 The bojani had a few adaptations that enabled it to thrive as an herbivore, including a toothless mouth with a horned beak like a turtle, and its stomach acted a bit like a grain mill to digest the food. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018 At Ti’s al Ghadah, tooth enamel from 21 fossilized herbivores of different species contained carbon-13 ratios that almost exactly matched a diet of C4 grasses. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 Not only were dinosaurs thought to have never existed in this part of the world, but this specimen of long-necked, gigantic herbivore dates back 15 million years before others like it were thought to exist. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018 There are three separate tasting menus: one for omnivores, one for herbivores, and an abbreviated menu for those going to the theater, with beverage pairings included for the first two. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 Weighing up to 15 pounds, these herbivores are equipped with powerful, elephant-like hind legs and clawed front legs specialized for digging. Bethany Augliere, National Geographic, "Head-Banging Gopher Tortoise Shows Why The Species Matters," 10 Apr. 2018 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

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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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