Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeding on plants; plant-eating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Feeding only on plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eating plants; of or pertaining to the Herbivora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Eating herbs; feeding on vegetables: distinguished from carnivorous, insectivorous, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeding only on plants

Etymologies

From New Latin herbivorus : Latin herba, vegetation + Latin -vorus, -vorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin herba, grass, and -vore. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If the evidence is sufficient to justify the argument that camels are herbivorous _because_ they are ruminants, it must also justify the major premise, _All ruminants are herbivorous_; for else the inference cannot really depend merely upon the fact of ruminating.

    Logic Deductive and Inductive

  • Here's a spot frame of each type we've observed enough to identify as herbivorous, carnivorous or omnivorous.

    Dinosaur Planet

  • Kunio Kitamura, head of the clinic of the Japan Family Planning Association which took part in the survey, said the data confirms a wider social belief that younger Japanese men are becoming "herbivorous," a label attached to passive men who do not actively seek women and sex.

    Japanese Government Concerned As Sex Drive Vanishes From Nation

  • Terms often heard nowadays include soshoku-kei danshi ("herbivorous" boys) or ojoman (girlie men).

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In those areas usually submerged during high tide, there is a more diverse array of algae and small animals, such as herbivorous snails, crabs, sea stars, and small fishes.

    Marine biomes

  • Stable isotope analyses have shown that ants can range from 'herbivorous' species, feeding primarily on exudates produced by plants and sap-feeding insects, to 'carnivorous' species feeding primarily on insect prey or scavenged arthropods.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • • Rhizobiales have a wide distribution and are prevalent within, and almost entirely confined to, "herbivorous" ant hosts whose tissues have low ratios of heavy to light nitrogen isotopes.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Rhizobiales have a wide distribution and are prevalent within, and almost entirely confined to, "herbivorous" ant hosts whose tissues have low ratios of heavy to light nitrogen isotopes.

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • One, many animal-loving MPs have spent much of the week mistreating ministers suspected of harbouring vaguely liberal tendencies, herbivorous lambs such as Nick Clegg and Ken Clarke cornered by coalition wolves.

    Farmer Jim hounded over circus animals

  • As the oldest trees on the planet, the mighty conifers have survived threats of catastrophic extinction since the time of the hungry herbivorous dinosaurs.

    Christmas Trees and the Logic of Growth

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  • "... her roguish eyes wideopen, smiling in all her herbivorous buckteeth."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007