herbivorous

[ hur-biv-er-uh s, ur- ]
/ hɜrˈbɪv ər əs, ɜr- /

adjective

feeding on plants.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for herbivorous

herbivorous

/ (hɜːˈbɪvərəs) /

adjective

(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

herbivorous

adj.

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

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