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[froo-jiv-er-uh s] /fruˈdʒɪv ər əs/
fruit-eating, as certain bats.
Origin of frugivorous
1705-15; < Latin frūgi-, combining form of frūx fruit + -vorous Unabridged
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  • Again, the frugivorous orang-outang is said to be more than a match for the African lion.

    No Animal Food Rupert H. Wheldon
  • The apes are frugivorous animals, though not exclusively so.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
  • These apes are still arboreal and frugivorous, as their remote ancestors were.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
  • Their selection of nutriment is frugivorous, granivorous, insectivorous, and vermivorous.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Those with hooked-bill are carnivorous and predatory or frugivorous.

  • It is claimed Page 85that this si′-le is both carnivorous and frugivorous.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • The discussion raged for some time on the question whether man was a carnivorous or frugivorous animal.

  • Their diet is essentially a frugivorous one; yet they will occasionally indulge in a lizard or two, or any other reptile.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • Its fruit was used more by the frugivorous species of birds than that of any other tree in the cocoa plantings.

    Birds from North Borneo

    Max C. Thompson
  • The members of this sub-order are mostly insectivorous though occasionally "frugivorous or sanguivorous" Bats.

British Dictionary definitions for frugivorous


feeding on fruit; fruit-eating
Word Origin
C18: from frugi- (as in frugal) + -vorous
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Word Origin and History for frugivorous

from Latin frugi-, stem of frux "fruit, produce," related to fructus (see fruit) + -vorous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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