from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Feeding on grain and seeds.
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- adj. grain and seed eating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Eating grain; feeding or subsisting on seeds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Eating grain; feeding or subsisting on seeds: as, granivorous birds.
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The abundance of granivorous rodents and the occurrence of marsupial genera (e.g., species of Planigale and Sminthhopsis) that dominate dry habitats of modern Australia suggest that if rainforest was present, it was confined to refugia within the region.
The grasslands and savanna woodlands support a very rich and abundant assemblage of granivorous birds, including the endangered gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae).
Evidence of disarray amongst granivorous bird assemblages in the savannas of northern Australia, a region of sparse human settlement.
He lives chiefly on seeds, though, like other granivorous birds, he feeds his young with grubs and small insects.
I will leave the granivorous birds to speak of another class, equally hardy, but of habits more like those of the Woodpecker.
This is a general practice with the granivorous tribes, in order to provide their young with soft and digestible food before they are strong enough to digest the hard, coriaceous seed.
Thirty-five to forty species of granivorous birds, among which we occasionally find in winter that rare Arctic bird, the Evening Grosbeak.
This bag is very conspicuous in the granivorous tribes immediately after eating.
A garrulous population of birds enliven the forest; they are insectivorous, granivorous, and omnivorous but all are beautiful in their rich and wonderful variety of colour.
If Shakespeare had made the house sparrow, or the blackbird, or the bunting, or any of the granivorous, hard-billed birds, the foster-parent of the cuckoo, his natural history would have been at fault.