[ hur-buh-vawr, -vohr ]
/ ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr /


a herbivorous animal.

Nearby words

  1. herbert,
  2. herbert's operation,
  3. herbert, george,
  4. herbert, victor,
  5. herbicide,
  6. herbivorous,
  7. herblock,
  8. herbology,
  9. herborist,
  10. herborize

Origin of herbivore

1850–55; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vore

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British Dictionary definitions for herbivore


/ (ˈhɜːbɪˌvɔː) /


an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
informal a liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic person

Word Origin for herbivore

C19: from New Latin herbivora grass-eaters

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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

Science definitions for herbivore


[ hûrbə-vôr′, ûr- ]

An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants. In a food chain, herbivores are primary consumers. Compare carnivore detritivore.
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Culture definitions for herbivore


[ (hur-buh-vawr, ur-buh-vawr) ]

A living thing that eats only plants. Cattle, sheep, and horses are herbivores.

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