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Feeding on fruit; fruit-eating.

[Latin frūx, frūg-, fruit + -vorous.]
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(Botany) feeding on fruit; fruit-eating
[C18: from frugi- (as in frugal) + -vorous]
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(fruˈdʒɪv ər əs)

[1705–15; < Latin frūgi-, comb. form of frūx fruit + -vorous]
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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.
Although several studies have investigated the influence of such variables on fruit removal by birds, no study focused on Cecropia, an emblematic plant genus and one of the most preferred food sources for frugivorous animals in the Neotropical region (Oniki et al., 1994).
Opportunism versus specialization: the evolution of feeding strategies in frugivorous bats.
Since an enormous amount of seeds from a high diversity of plants have been encountered in the stomachs of frugivorous fish, it is thought that ichthyochory (seed dispersal by fish) is paramount for seasonally flooded forest regeneration (Goulding, 1980; Anderson, Rojas, & Flecker, 2009).
Some ants collect seeds from the droppings of frugivorous birds (Kaspari 1993; Christianini and Oliveira 2010).
In subsequent studies in Gabon, the Congo, Ghana, and Zambia, antibodies were detected in additional frugivorous bat species (Eidolon helvum, Epomophorus gambianus, Rousettus aegyptiacus, Micropteropus pusillus) and 1 insectivorous species (Mops condylurus) (12-16).
Welton, the collection manager of the Kansas University Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, said the paper documented the first definitive evidence of the presence of frugivorous monitor lizards in northwestern Luzon.
Higher phylogeny of frugivorous flies (Diptera, Tephritidae, Dacini): localized partition conflicts and a novel generic classification.
Bush honeysuckle supports frugivorous birds for a brief period in the fall, but starves the vast majority of our birds, including the fall frugivores, the rest of the year.
The structure of the communities of frugivorous flies, their natural enemies and their relationships with host fruits vary among agroecosystems (BITTENCOURT et al., 2012), and this knowledge is of fundamental importance for the management of fruit fly species fruit growing regions of northeastern Brazil, where C.
However, it has been observed that human influences, such as in frugivorous species overfishing regions, may disrupt mutualistic relations and still influence antagonistic relations such as herbivory (Correa et al., 2015).