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[lahy-miv-er-uh s]
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adjective Ecology.
  1. of or relating to animals, usually worms or bivalves, that ingest earth or mud to extract the organic matter from it.
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Origin of limivorous

< Latin līm(us) slime, mud + -i- + -vorous, perhaps on the model of limicolous
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British Dictionary definitions for limivorous


  1. (of certain invertebrate animals) feeding on mud
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin līmus mud + -vorous
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