- fruit-eating, as certain bats.
Origin of frugivorous
1705–15; < Latin frūgi-, combining form of frūx fruit + -vorous
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Examples from the Web for frugivorous
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.
These apes are still arboreal and frugivorous, as their remote ancestors were.
Their selection of nutriment is frugivorous, granivorous, insectivorous, and vermivorous.Reptiles and Birds
Those with hooked-bill are carnivorous and predatory or frugivorous.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
- feeding on fruit; fruit-eating
C18: from frugi- (as in frugal) + -vorous
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Word Origin and History for frugivorous
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