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herbivore Syllabification: her·biv·ore
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)ərbəˌvôr/

Definition of herbivore in English:


An animal that feeds on plants.
Example sentences
  • This includes both carnivores such as wolves, which eat other animals, and herbivores such as cows, which eat plants.
  • The previously discussed benefits of large size to a mammalian herbivore probably also accrued to large herbivorous dinosaurs.
  • Feeding on them are microscopic and macroscopic herbivores, with carnivores preying on them.


Pronunciation: /(h)ərˈbiv(ə)rəs/
Example sentences
  • As with mammals, herbivorous dinosaurs of different body size probably selected different diets.
  • The dugong is the only living herbivorous mammal that spends its entire life in the sea.
  • Many of the extinct marsupial megafauna were large, herbivorous browsers, some weighing several tons.


Mid 19th century: from Latin herba 'herb' + -vore (see -vorous).

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