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frugivorous Syllabification: fru·giv·o·rous
Pronunciation: /fro͞oˈjivərəs/

Definition of frugivorous in English:


(Of an animal) feeding on fruit.
Example sentences
  • Little is known, however, about either the natural occurrence of ethanol within fruits or the behavioral responses of frugivorous animals to such cues.
  • The natural occurrence of ethanol within ripe and fermenting fruit suggests that low-level ethanol exposure via dietary ingestion is characteristic of all frugivorous metazoans.
  • Accordingly, the hypothesized deterrence of ethanol to frugivorous vertebrates, or specifically primates, is unsubstantiated.


Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞ojiˌvôr/
Example sentences
  • Second, I review the scanty literature on whether vertebrate frugivores prefer fruits with presumably higher levels of ethanol over conspecific fruits with presumably lower levels of ethanol.
  • However, because of the great variety of microorganisms present in fruit, the associated effects on the interactions between vertebrate frugivores and fruiting plants may also be highly variable.
  • During the late Cretaceous and early Paleocene periods plant-eating mammals were frugivores, presumably because fruit can be more easily processed than foliage.


Mid 20th century: from Latin frux, frug- 'fruit' + -vore (see -vorous).

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