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Examples from the Web for herbivore
A garbage can is an herbivore grazing on stalks of ringworm.
There are a few species of rodent-like animals—they're scavengers—and a herbivore we called the woods goat.
British Dictionary definitions for herbivore
- an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
- informal a liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic person
C19: from New Latin herbivora grass-eaters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for herbivore
1851, from Modern Latin herbivora (1830) or French herbivore (1748), from Latin herbivorus, from herba "a herb" + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants. In a food chain, herbivores are primary consumers. Compare carnivore detritivore.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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A living thing that eats only plants. Cattle, sheep, and horses are herbivores.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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