her·​bi·​vore | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvȯr How to pronounce herbivore (audio) \

Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

Examples of herbivore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nitrogen isotope signals can show if an animal was an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 In Argentina's Patagonia region, scientists unearthed an entire community of fossilized dinosaurs with more than 100 eggs and 80 skeletons of Mussaurus patagonicus—a long-necked herbivore. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 One indication the footprint came from an herbivore like Prosauropod was the shape of the feet, Romilio said. Megan Marples, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021 The fossil sheds light on the evolution of whales from herbivore land mammals into carnivorous species that today live exclusively in water. Noha Elhennawy, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 The fossil sheds light on the evolution of whales from herbivore land mammals into carnivorous species that today live exclusively in water. Noha Elhennawy, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 The first specimen, Silutitan sinensis, is a new species of sauropod, an herbivore characterized by having a very long neck, long tail, large body and small head, according to study. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Aug. 2021 To keep the herbivore munching to a minimum, a 7-foot high deer fence will surround the space. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 July 2021 The scientists believe that the cooling of the climate and the loss of certain herbivore species contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 July 2021

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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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“Herbivore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbivore. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbivore

: an animal that only eats plants


her·​bi·​vore | \ ˈhər-bə-ˌvȯr How to pronounce herbivore (audio) , ˈər- \

Kids Definition of herbivore

: an animal that feeds on plants


her·​bi·​vore | \ ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvō(ə)r How to pronounce herbivore (audio) , -ˌvȯ(ə)r How to pronounce herbivore (audio) \

Medical Definition of herbivore

: a plant-eating animal especially : ungulate


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