from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An extensive division of Mammalia. It formerly included the Proboscidea, Hyracoidea, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla, but by later writers it is generally restricted to the two latter groups (Ungulata). They feed almost exclusively upon vegetation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A group of animals, especially mammals, which feed on herbage.
- A division of Marsupialia; the herbivorous marsupials, as the kangaroos. Also called Poëphaga.
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Preying continually upon the herbivora were the meat-eaters, large and small -- wolves, hyaenadons, panthers, lions, tigers, and bear as well as several large and ferocious species of reptilian life.
The bones of the herbivora were the most numerous, and all those on the outside of the grotto which had contained marrow were invariably split open, as if for its extraction, many of them being also burnt.
Large animals cannot be so abundant as small ones; the carnivora must be less numerous than the herbivora; eagles and lions can never be so plentiful as pigeons and antelopes; the wild asses of the Tartarian deserts cannot equal in numbers the horses of the more luxuriant prairies and pampas of
In the salt plants on these plains, nature has amply provided for this taste of these large herbivora for salt.
He prowls through the woods at night in search of the herbivora which constitute his prey, but generally vanishes at the appearance of Aurora.
It might be mentioned, parenthetically, that among animals, the herbivora are as strong physically as any species of carnivora.
Many of the bones of the extinct herbivora were streaked, as if the flesh had been scraped off them by a flint instrument, and others were split open, as if for the purpose of extracting the marrow.
The carnivora prey on the herbivora and upon each other; and the herbivora crush each other by methods that are as effective as the method of direct attack.
In the herbivora there is also a second acid juice.
Along with the bones were discovered the teeth of mammals, both carnivora and herbivora; also certain small perforated corals, such as were used by many ancient peoples as beads, and similar to those gathered in the deposits of Abbeville.
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