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

Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

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Fostoria was an herbivore that stood on its hind legs and belonged to the same group of dinosaurs as iguanodons. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dinosaur bones shimmering with opal reveal a new species," 4 June 2019 This is one of the flatter millipede species, an herbivore who mainly feeds on decaying plant matter. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "This big bug smells good and beware of the Southern Blight fungus on tomato plants," 3 June 2019 Some studies have suggested that eggs will produce heart disease in herbivores. WSJ, "Are Eggs Bad for You? Two Scientists Square Off," 13 Sep. 2018 The creature, given the scientific name Lisowicia bojani, belongs to the dicynodonts, which were some of the first large herbivores. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "An Elephant-Size Mammal Relative Roamed Among Dinosaurs," 22 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce herbivore (audio) , ˈər-\

Kids Definition of herbivore

: an animal that feeds on plants


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Medical Definition of herbivore

: a plant-eating animal especially : ungulate

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