graminivorous


Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to graminivorous: granivorous

gram·i·niv·o·rous

 (grăm′ə-nĭv′ər-əs)
adj.
Feeding on grasses.

[Latin grāmen, grāmin-, grass + -vorous.]

graminivorous

(ˌɡræmɪˈnɪvərəs)
adj
(Zoology) (of animals) feeding on grass
[C18: from Latin grāmen grass + -vorous]

gram•i•niv•o•rous

(ˌgræm əˈnɪv ər əs)

adj.
feeding or subsisting on grass.
[1730–40; < Latin grāmin-, s. of grāmen grass + -i- + -vorous]
Translations
References in classic literature ?
I even entertained some idea of putting myself on a vegetable diet, vaguely conceiving that, in becoming a graminivorous animal, I should sacrifice to Dora.
An imaginative teacher, an anti-Mr Gradgrind, could have turned the lesson on a sixpence by allowing Cissy Jupe to open out the meaning of horses beyond their otherwise interesting feature of being graminivorous quadrupeds.
1976) is graminivorous (Amedegnato & Poulain 1994) and its distribution is concentrated in the Amazon region (Carbonell 2002).
Comparing the mandible length between the species within the same genus, across insect orders may reveal that grass-cutting species have shorter mandibles while graminivorous Acrididae present a reduction in the mandible length (Patterson 1984) and multiple independent convergences to chisel shaped incisor cusps and ridged molar regions for grinding (Chapman 1964; Bernays 1991).
Based on mouthpart structure and diet, grasshoppers are classified as graminivorous (grass-feeding), with grinding molars consisting of parallel ridges, and incisors typically fused into a scythe-like cutting edge; forbivorous (broad leaf plant-feeding), with a depressed molar region surrounded by raised teeth, and incisors equipped with large, interlocking teeth; and herbivorous (mixed-feeding), with characteristics intermediate between grass-feeding and forbfeeding mouthparts.