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 (hûr-bĭv′ər-əs, ûr-)
Feeding on plants; plant-eating.

[From New Latin herbivorus : Latin herba, vegetation + Latin -vorus, -vorous.]

her·biv′o·rous·ly adv.


1. (Zoology) (of animals) feeding on grass and other plants
2. informal liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic
herˈbivorously adv
herˈbivorousness n


(hɜrˈbɪv ər əs, ɜr-)

feeding on plants.
[1655–65; < New Latin herbivorus; see herb, -i-, -vorous]
her•bi•vor•i•ty (ˌhɜr bəˈvɔr ɪ ti, -ˈvɒr-) n.
her•biv′o•rous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.herbivorous - feeding only on plants
carnivorous - (used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals; "carnivorous plants are capable of trapping and digesting small animals especially insects"
insectivorous - (of animals and plants) feeding on insects
omnivorous - feeding on both plants and animals


[hɜːˈbɪvərəs] ADJherbívoro


adj (form)pflanzenfressend


[hɜːˈbɪvərəs] adjerbivoro/a
References in classic literature ?
The sloth-like creature was herbivorous, and to feed that mighty carcass entire trees must be stripped of their foliage.
The only flesh they eat is that of herbivorous animals and birds.
It was a beautiful, gently rolling country, broken by occasional outcroppings of sandstone and by patches of dense forest relieved by open, park-like stretches and broad meadows whereon grazed countless herbivorous animals--red deer, aurochs, and infinite variety of antelope and at least three distinct species of horse, the latter ranging in size from a creature about as large as Nobs to a magnificent animal fourteen to sixteen hands high.
In his Travels, [6] he has suggested that the comparison of the respective weights (if there were sufficient data) of an equal number of the largest herbivorous quadrupeds of each country would be extremely curious.
Fortune favored her that night, for she passed unscathed through as savage and lion-ridden an area as there is in all Africa--a natural hunting ground which the white man has not yet discovered, where deer and antelope and zebra, giraffe and elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, and the other herbivorous animals of central Africa abound unmolested by none but their natural enemies, the great cats which, lured here by easy prey and immunity from the rifles of big-game hunters, swarm the district.
For three days the party marched due south through forests and meadow-land and great park-like areas where countless herbivorous animals grazed--deer and antelope and bos and the little ecca, the smallest species of Caspakian horse, about the size of a rabbit.
arranging animals adding initially only herbivorous animals
He said that wildlife department was now engaged in arranging animals adding initially only herbivorous animals i.
Tilapia is herbivorous and can feed on maize and soya beans.
He said residents have continued to host zebras and other herbivorous animals on their farms without complaining, but KWS has failed to reciprocate.
What is the name of the four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs, with small heads and a double row of large bony plates along the back?
That's because it is the first evidence of an extremely large meat-eating animal roaming a landscape otherwise dominated by a variety of herbivorous, omnivorous and much smaller carnivorous dinosaurs.