Definition of herbivory in English:

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Pronunciation: /(h)əˈbivərē/


The eating of plants, especially ones that are still living: in response to herbivory, plants defend themselves with arrays of structural and chemical weapons
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  • Any change in a plant that occurs following herbivory is an ‘induced response’.
  • I have characterized induced resistance of cucumber plants to spider mite herbivory in detail elsewhere.
  • Also, plant herbivory is an unlikely explanation for the decline in inflorescence number because plants were caged during this study.


Mid 20th century: from herbivor(ous) + -y.

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Syllabification: her·biv·o·ry

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