[hur-biv-er-uh s, ur-]


feeding on plants.

Origin of herbivorous

1655–65; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vorous
Related formsher·bi·vor·i·ty [hur-buh-vawr-i-tee, -vor-] /ˌhɜr bəˈvɔr ɪ ti, -ˈvɒr-/, nounher·biv·o·rous·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcarnivorous herbivorous omnivorous
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Related Words for herbivorous

vegan, fruitarian, herbivorous

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British Dictionary definitions for herbivorous



(of animals) feeding on grass and other plants
informal liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic
Derived Formsherbivorously, adverbherbivorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for herbivorous

"plant-eating," 1660s, from Modern Latin herbivorus, from Latin herba "a herb" + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).

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