[hur-buh-vawr, -vohr]
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Origin of herbivore

1850–55; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vore
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Related Words for herbivore

vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian

Examples from the Web for herbivore

Contemporary Examples of herbivore

Historical Examples of herbivore

  • A garbage can is an herbivore grazing on stalks of ringworm.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

  • There are a few species of rodent-like animals—they're scavengers—and a herbivore we called the woods goat.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for herbivore


  1. an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
  2. 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

herbivore in Science


[hûrbə-vôr′, ûr-]
  1. An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants. In a food chain, herbivores are primary consumers. Compare carnivore detritivore.
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herbivore in Culture


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

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

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