graminivorous

[gram-uh-niv-er-uh s]
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adjective

feeding or subsisting on grass: a graminivorous bird.

Nearby words

  1. gramarye,
  2. gramercy,
  3. gramicidin,
  4. gramineous,
  5. graminicolous,
  6. graminology,
  7. grammage,
  8. grammalogue,
  9. grammar,
  10. grammar school

Origin of graminivorous

1730–40; < Latin grāmin- (stem of grāmen) grass + -i- + -vorous

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British Dictionary definitions for graminivorous

graminivorous

adjective

(of animals) feeding on grass

Word Origin for graminivorous

C18: from Latin grāmen grass + -vorous

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Word Origin and History for graminivorous

graminivorous

adj.

"feeding on grass," 1739, from gramini-, comb. form of Latin gramen (genitive graminis) "grass, fodder," which perhaps ultimately is cognate with English grass, + -vorous.

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