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Definition of herbivore

: a herbivorous animal

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Recent Examples on the Web Inside Pleistocene Park, there are about 114 individual herbivores per square kilometer (a little over a third of a square mile)—that’s compared with an average of about five animals per square kilometer in the surrounding natural Arctic landscape. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Packing the Tundra with Animals Could Slow Arctic Melt," 18 Mar. 2020 Oceanic Society Antillean manatees belong to the sirenian scientific order, whose members are the only completely aquatic mammals that are herbivores. National Geographic, "Antillean manatee," 12 Feb. 2020 The large herbivores appear to prefer disturbed areas over more intact ones, and spread many more seeds in those places through their droppings. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Tapirs Help Reforestation Via Defecation," 1 May 2020 These herbivores are rather adaptable, able to survive in disturbed forests, grasslands, and even rugged mountains. National Geographic, "Baird's tapir," 20 Mar. 2020 This means any large herbivores that did survive the impact are beginning to starve to death. Fox News, "Minute by minute accounts of how asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs devastated Earth," 9 Oct. 2019 And Thomas said forestry officials have confirmed that stinknet isn’t palatable to any livestock and is likely unpalatable to native herbivores such as deer, squirrels and rabbits. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "It may look like a wildflower, but 'stinknet' is a menace to native plants and people," 26 Mar. 2020 At the same time, herbivores keep the abundant algae growing on degraded coral rubble from overtaking the reef, ensuring there are bare places for coral to grow. Popular Science, "Scientists have found an unlikely ally in the fight to save coral reefs," 10 Dec. 2019 Not only do herbivores like zebra and antelope that feed on grass have less to eat, but more trees may also increase their risk of being eaten as predators have more cover. Caroline Lehmann, Quartz Africa, "When tree planting actually damages ecosystems," 28 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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The first known use of herbivore was in 1854

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21 May 2020

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“Herbivore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbivore. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbivore

: an animal that only eats plants


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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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