The eating of plants, especially ones that are still living: in response to herbivory, plants defend themselves with arrays of structural and chemical weapons
More example sentences
- 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.