Dictionary.com

herbivore

[ hur-buh-vawr, -vohr ]
/ ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr /
Save This Word!

noun
a herbivorous animal.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of herbivore

1850–55; <New Latin herbivorus;see herb, -i-, -vore
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use herbivore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for herbivore

herbivore
/ (ˈhɜːbɪˌvɔː) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for herbivore

herbivore
[ hûrbə-vôr′, ûr- ]

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 Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for herbivore

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

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK