[gram-uh-niv-er-uh s]


feeding or subsisting on grass: a graminivorous bird.

Origin of graminivorous

1730–40; < Latin grāmin- (stem of grāmen) grass + -i- + -vorous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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

"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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