Definitions

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

  • adjective Feeding on plants; plant-eating.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Eating plants; of or pertaining to the Herbivora.

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  • adjective Feeding only on plants.

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

  • adjective feeding only on plants

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin herbivorus : Latin herba, vegetation + Latin -vorus, -vorous.]

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From Latin herba, grass, and -vore.

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.

    Cattle Town

  • 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).

    First I bring you radio, now TV

  • 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

  • • 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

  • 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

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

    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007