from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeding on fruit; fruit-eating.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having a diet that consists mostly of fruit; fruit-eating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Feeding on fruit, as birds and other animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Feeding on fruits, especially soft fruits, as many mammals, birds, etc., those which feed on small hard fruits, as seeds and grain, being distinguished usually as granivorous.
- Specifically, in mammalogy, pertaining to the Frugivora.
Its powerful bill enabled it to break, and its capacious, stone-supplied gizzard to digest, the hardest shells and kernels; and thus a kind of frugivorous vulture, it cleared away the decaying vegetable matter.
An article by B.A. Loisell and J.G. Blake, Potential Consequences of Extinction of Frugivorous Birds, discusses the important role frugivorous birds have on ecosystems.
Many frugivorous birds feed mainly on fruits until nesting season when they incorporate protein rich insects into their diet.
Some bird species have shorter intestines to rapidly pass seeds from fruits, while some frugivorous bat species have longer intestines.
Mammals are considered frugivorous if the seed is dispersed and able to establish.
Endozoochory is generally a coevolved mutualistic relationship in which a plant surrounds seeds with an edible, nutritious fruit as a reward to frugivorous animals that consume it.
In inland riverine swamp forests, they are primarily frugivorous, with leaves, flowers, insects, and bark providing the remainder of the diet.
Such activities will increase the pressure on timber trees and game species (large frugivorous birds, primates and large rodents), almost completely extirpated in this ecoregion.
The spotted cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus), white-tailed rat (Uromys caudimaculatus), frugivorous birds, and the palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) all utilize these corridors.
In addition, traditional human activities like palm-heart extraction represent a severe threat to plants and frugivorous vertebrates.