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

Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

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Their analysis revealed that half of the species examined were likely at least partially herbivorous, while some were probably insectivorous and others were strictly herbivores. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Prey," 28 June 2019 The overwhelming bulk of the scientific literature on the ecological and evolutionary purpose of thorniness (or, to use biologists’ preferred terminology, spinescence) has focused on the hypothesis that mammalian herbivores are the main target. Quanta Magazine, "The Thorny Truth About Spine Evolution," 14 June 2017 Another clue may lie in the fact that not just the herbivores, but all fully terrestrial crocs have gone extinct. National Geographic, "Plant-eating crocodiles thrived in dinosaur times," 27 June 2019 The gluttonous herbivore, imported to control unwanted vegetation and algae in private ponds and golf course water hazards, has been found in Lake Erie since the 1980s. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 Based on the insects’ habitat and preferred food, and pollen also retrieved from the sample, the site may have been woodland, with large herbivores present — one of the beetle species found fed on their dung. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Rising Seas Swallowed Countless Archaeological Sites. Scientists Want Them Back," 20 May 2019 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

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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


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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