herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ ˌ(h)ər-ˈbiv-rəs , -ˈbi-və- \

Definition of herbivorous

:feeding on plants

herbivory

play \ˌ(h)ər-ˈbi-və-rē\ noun

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Many herbivorous animals, such as rabbits, deer, sheep, and cows, are noted for their gentle and passive ways. But such behavior is not universal among herbivores. Rhinoceroses and elephants, for instance, are capable of inflicting serious damage if threatened, and among dinosaurs, the herbivorous Diplodocus had a thick tail that could be used as a lethal weapon against attacking carnivores. Herbivorous humans are usually called vegetarians.

Origin and Etymology of herbivorous

New Latin herbivorus, from Latin herba grass + -vorus -vorous


HERBIVOROUS Defined for Kids

herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ ˌhər-ˈbi-və-rəs , ˌər-ˈbi- \

Definition of herbivorous for Students

:feeding on plants

Word Root of herbivorous

The Latin word vorāre, meaning “to eat greedily,” gives us the root vor. Words from the Latin vorāre have something to do with eating. An herbivorous animal eats only plants. A carnivorous animal eats only other animals. To devour is to eat up greedily. Anyone voracious likes to eat a lot.


Medical Dictionary

herbivorous

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adjective her·biv·o·rous \ ˌ(h)ər-ˈbiv-ə-rəs \

medical Definition of herbivorous

1 :feeding on plants
  • herbivorous mammals
2 :having a stout body and a long small intestine :endomorphic

herbivorously

adverb


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