Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A division of the order Chiroptera, including the fruit-eating bats of the warmer parts of the old world, such as the so-called “flying-foxes.” The head resembles that of a dog in shape; there is no peculiar formation of the ears or nose; the pyloric division of the stomach is enormously lengthened; and there are dental characters correspondent to the frugivorous regimen of the species. There is in nearly all the species a claw upon the second digit of the hand, never present in the insectivorous bats. See cuts under flying-fox, fruit-bat, and Pteropus. The Frugivora are also called
Megachiroptera. The term is contrasted with Insectivora or Animalivora.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The fruit bate; a group of the Cheiroptera, comprising the bats which live on fruits. See Eruit bat, under fruit.
“The frugivora and herbivora, however, are alert and ready to fly from their enemies should such appear.”
“Of course, the sodium chloride in the flesh of the herbivora and frugivora is obtained from the vegetable matter forming their food, and very few of them have the opportunity of obtaining it from salt-licks and mineral sources.”
“The carnivora with their short intestinal canal need the least, the frugivora more, and the herbivora a much larger quantity.”
“It may possibly be traced to the same root as that of a cognate species, the _cornix frugivora;”
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