from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An animal, such as a chimpanzee or fruit bat, that feeds primarily on fruit.

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  • noun An animal whose diet is mostly fruit


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

[From frugivorous.]


  • A frugivore is a type of herbivore (plant-eating animal) that eats a substantial portion of fruit.


  • As our environment becomes more acidic and we introduce synthetic chemicals, the biomass of any resident species -- whether frugivore, herbivore, or carnivore -- will literally incorporate those substances in the flesh.

    Natalia Rose: What We Eat Today: Cardboard Carrots, Inedible Eggs, and Corn-fed Fish

  • Another example of a mammalian frugivore is the Gray-bellied Night Monkey, also known as the owl monkey.


  • While frugivores and fruit-producing plant species are worldwide, there is some evidence that tropical forests have more frugivore seed dispersers than the temperate zone.


  • One example of a mammalian frugivore is the maned wolf, or Chrysocyon brachyurus, which is found in South America.


  • Since frugivore seed dispersal is so important in the tropics, many researchers have studied the loss of frugivores and related it to changed plant population dynamics.


  • Fruit bats are another example of a mammalian frugivore.


  • This lack of specialization could be because fruit availability varies by season and year, which tends to discourage frugivore animals from focusing on just one plant species [2].


  • Management of plant invasions mediated by frugivore interactions.


  • When both the fruit-producing plant and the frugivore species benefit by fruit-eating behavior their interaction is called a mutualism.



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  • Animals whose natural diet consists chiefly of fruit. Not a recommended regimen for humans, despite the existence of self-described fruitarians.

    February 6, 2007

  • The pattern is hard to ignore:

    Buy local and you are a locavore;

    If seeking cheap eats

    In veggies and meats

    You're frugal and known as a frugivore.

    June 22, 2017

  • But what about fruit, mister qms?

    From bananas and grapes you digress

    I'll pop me a melon

    When breakfast desire is swellin'

    And laugh like a pineapple, more or less

    June 22, 2017

  • Chimps and fruit bats are picky.

    When it comes to their lunch, it's sticky.

    Why eat cheese or meat?

    Choose fruits or a beet.

    (But maybe not a durian--they're icky.)

    June 22, 2017

  • ruzuzu and bilby combine

    Lamenting my poor withered vine,

    But if there's an ointment

    For cruel disappointment

    That comforting unction is mine.

    For limericks are careless of clime

    And ripen regardless of time.

    Their happiest chore

    Is spreading of spore

    To generate offspring in rhyme.

    June 23, 2017

  • I haven't had enough coffee for a limerick, so I'll default to haiku:

    qms plants seeds

    and encourages us to

    cultivate our own.

    June 23, 2017