herbivore

noun

her·​bi·​vore ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvȯr How to pronounce herbivore (audio)
: a herbivorous animal

Examples of herbivore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The four-legged herbivore, which measures 11 feet tall and 27 feet long, ranks high among the most complete skeletons ever found, according to Sotheby’s. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 July 2024 Large herbivores summon grasslands by trampling the ground. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 Tapirs are herbivores, and their diet consists mainly of leaves, twigs, fruits, and aquatic vegetation. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2024 While griffins in art are toothless or have the jaws of carnivores, Protoceratops was an herbivore with a dense pack of cheek teeth behind its beak. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for herbivore 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herbivore was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Herbivore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbivore. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

herbivore

noun
her·​bi·​vore ˈ(h)ər-bə-ˌvō(ə)r How to pronounce herbivore (audio)
-ˌvȯ(ə)r
: a plant-eating animal

Medical Definition

herbivore

noun
: a plant-eating animal
especially : ungulate
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