Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Feeding on fruit; fruit-eating.

[Latin frūx, frūg-, fruit + -vorous.]


(Botany) feeding on fruit; fruit-eating
[C18: from frugi- (as in frugal) + -vorous]


(fruˈdʒɪv ər əs)

[1705–15; < Latin frūgi-, comb. form of frūx fruit + -vorous]
References in classic literature ?
These people of the remote future were strict vegetarians, and while I was with them, in spite of some carnal cravings, I had to be frugivorous also.
A frugivorous bird will then flutter to the ant, and, thinking it has chanced upon a sweet morsel of fruit, devour it.
nemestrina conventionally have brown-colored feces, in contrast to leaf monkeys which have greenish-colored feces as a result of their frugivorous omnivore and folivorous herbivore diets, respectively (Figure 1) (Md-Zain and Ch'ng, 2011).
Together, these factors may lead to the need for relatively greater cognitive complexity and flexibility in frugivorous species.
In frugivorous bats, it has been determined that reproduction is closely related to food availability, which in turn depends on climatic conditions such as temperature and precipitation (Wilson, 1979; Racey, 1982; Heideman, 2000).
The Megachiroptera are frugivorous bats and can cover a distance of 50 km in search of food in a single night (van der Pijl, 1957).
Diet Preference in Frugivorous Bats (Phyllostomidae) within a Fragment of Dry Tropical Forest
Therefore, plants that produce fruits throughout the year play an important role as a keystone species for frugivorous animals.
Testing mechanisms of coexistence among two species of frugivorous primates.
Frugivorous bats in the Americas, which are distant genetically from bats of the family Pteropodidae, are independent reservoirs of RABV (4).