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graze 1

 (grāz)
v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
v.intr.
1. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
2. Informal
a. To eat a variety of appetizers as a full meal.
b. To eat snacks throughout the day in place of full meals.
v.tr.
1. To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.
2. To feed on the herbage of (a piece of land).
3. To afford herbage for the feeding of: This field will graze 30 head of cattle.
4. To put (livestock) out to feed.
5. To tend (feeding livestock) in a pasture.

[Middle English grasen, from Old English grasian, from græs, grass; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.]

graze′a·ble, graz′a·ble adj.
graz′er n.

graze 2

 (grāz)
v. grazed, graz·ing, graz·es
v.tr.
1. To touch lightly in passing; brush. See Synonyms at brush1.
2. To scrape or scratch slightly; abrade.
v.intr.
To scrape or touch something lightly in passing.
n.
1. The act of brushing or scraping along a surface.
2. A minor scratch or abrasion.

[Perhaps from graze.]

graz•er

(ˈgreɪ zər)
n.
1. an animal that grazes.
2. Informal. a person who engages in grazing.
[1700–10]
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If they perceive it to be inconvenient, heavy grazers are no more willing than light grazers to shop at a store that offers low prices.
Nutrients, algae, and grazers are very closely coupled (Sterner 1989).
To measure the effect of grazers, we compared the standing stocks of microalgae in sediments of each estuary to standing stocks in sediments from which we excluded macroherbivores (including snails, shrimp, fish).
Those features are characteristic of modern grazers such as horses, whose teeth must stand up to constant abrasion by phytoliths in grass.
Such contradictory results lead us to test if some of these contradictions are due to interactive impacts of grazers and nutrients on plant species richness.
The seaweed canopies of estuaries that experience different rates of nutrient loading contain distinctive TABULAR DATA OMITTED suites of grazers (McClelland, unpub.
Analyses of the bone collagen extracted from the teratorns and western black vultures preserved in the La Brea tar pits between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago suggest that those birds consumed only the remains of browsers such as ground sloths and grazers such as bison.
Similar asymmetries have been reported for several pairs of competing microherbivores (Underwood 1978, 1984, 1992, Branch and Branch 1980, Creese and Underwood 1982, Branch 1984, Fletcher and Creese 1985, Ortega 1985, Schmitt 1985, Kohler 1992; also see Connell 1983, Schoener 1983), yet it is not known whether a single, unifying explanation underlies this apparently common pattern of density dependence among mobile species of benthic grazers.
That toxin makes a handy defense against grazers, both mammalian and arthropod.
The difference may be explained by the island's evolutionary history Santa Cruz Island has thousands of insect species, including many plant feeders, but lacks native mammalian grazers.
The discoveries include grazers such as four species of isopods, or pillbugs, six springtails, a millipede, and a bristletail.
Sherr adds that high rates of virus-induced bacterial rupture might account for much of the free DNA found in seawater -- scraps previously attributed to "sloppy feeding" by protozoan grazers.