herbivore

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

Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

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The finding contradicts prior studies based on fossil data, which suggested early animals were probably herbivores. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "The world’s first animal was probably a carnivore," 30 Aug. 2019 First came the herbivores: elephants, impalas, buffaloes, and more. The Christian Science Monitor, "The green grass grows all around," 9 Aug. 2019 Manatees are herbivores and mainly consume seagrasses and freshwater vegetation. Fox News, "Manatee shocks Florida man when it comes ashore to munch on grass," 28 July 2019 First came the herbivores: elephants, impalas, buffaloes, and more. The Christian Science Monitor, "The green grass grows all around," 9 Aug. 2019 The key, her team suggests, was dietary flexibility following the disappearance of many of North America’s large prehistoric herbivores, such as giant ground sloths, mammoths, mastodons, and camels. John Pickrell, National Geographic, "Saber-tooth surprise: Fossils redraw picture of the fearsome big cat," 5 Aug. 2019 First came the herbivores: elephants, impalas, buffaloes, and more. The Christian Science Monitor, "Climate gloom and innovation bloom," 8 Aug. 2019 Louisiana has lost hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands to the rodent, a voracious herbivore with a largely indiscriminate palate Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recently-announced budget includes almost $2 million for the CDFW’s nutria program. Cat Ferguson, The Mercury News, "California pledges millions to battle enormous, destructive swamp rats," 16 July 2019 At the base are six types of plants whose seeds nourished herbivores. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "140 Million Years Ago, a Bird-Like Dinosaur Swallowed a Lizard Whole. Here’s Why Its Final Meal Is Exciting Researchers," 15 July 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of herbivore

: an animal that only eats plants

herbivore

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

Kids Definition of herbivore

: an animal that feeds on plants

herbivore

noun
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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