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[hur-biv-er-uh s, ur-]
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  1. 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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Related Words for herbivorous

vegan, fruitarian, herbivorous

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Historical Examples of herbivorous

  • The wombat is an herbivorous animal, which burrows in the ground like a badger.

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • There are eight kinds of kangaroos, all of them herbivorous.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox

  • One of the herbivorous marsupials is the Great Kangaroo, Macropus.

  • On the contrary, some of our herbivorous animals may be taught to like animal food.

  • Other enemies of the herbivorous fauna were the wolf and the brown bear.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

British Dictionary definitions for herbivorous


  1. (of animals) feeding on grass and other plants
  2. informal liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic
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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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