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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ By the beginning of the Upper Triassic, rhynchosaurs were still the dominant herbivores.
▪ Final evidence that rhynchosaurs were herbivorous is that they occurred in large numbers; in general we expect the herbivores to outnumber carnivores.
▪ If the ground is covered with snow, how does this affect the herbivores?
▪ In herbivores particularly, but also in most animals and babies, defecation takes place more than once per day.
▪ It is known that attacks on plants by herbivores reduce the quality of the tissues for subsequent feeding.
▪ On the other hand, there is good evidence that Hyperodapedon was a herbivore.
▪ The basic food of herbivores is plants, so even the largest carnivorous animals are indirectly dependent on plants.
▪ Thus population numbers of small herbivores, in circumstances of limited food production, cycle over periods of three to four years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Herbivore \Her"bi*vore\, n. [Cf. F. herbivore.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the Herbivora.
--P. H. Gosse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1851, from Modern Latin herbivora (1830) or French herbivore (1748), from Latin herbivorus, from herba "a herb" + vorare "devour, swallow" (see voracity).


n. An organism that feeds chiefly on plants.


n. any animal that feeds chiefly on grass and other plants; "horses are herbivores"; "the sauropod dinosaurs were apparently herbivores"


A herbivore is an animal anatomically and physiologically adapted to eating plant material, for example foliage, for the main component of its diet. As a result of their plant diet, herbivorous animals typically have mouthparts adapted to rasping or grinding. Horses and other herbivores have wide flat teeth that are adapted to grinding grass, tree bark, and other tough plant material.

Usage examples of "herbivore".

Jurassic, angiosperms had spread very slowly, but after the extinctions at the end of that period, there was time for flowering plants to get going before the next batch of hungry herbivores took over.

However, in the Peace River Canyon, one layer of rock showed a large group of bipedal herbivores moving together in one direction, and changing the trend of direction as they went along.

Our primate ancestors were herbivores, and in its original form, the appendix was probably of some use in aiding digestionmodern herbivores have an extended cecum that resembles a longer version of our appendix.

Relatively tiny in terms of permanent staff, globally distributed, more post-geographic than multinational, the agency has from the beginning billed itself as a high-speed, low-drag life-form in an advertising ecology of lumbering herbivores.

There followed a chamber filled with exhibits of rather mediocre taxidermy, and it soon became apparent that the museum was in serious need of a Natural History curator: polar animals were mixed with grassland herbivores, and one particular diorama actually displayed a fish-eating amphibian grazing on some forest ferns.

Rock and ice climbing, free diving to spear those horrible jellyfish creatures, sailing and skiing, and bareback riding on their herbivores.

Great herds of rival duckbill species mingled, armored beasts like ceratops and ankylosaurs jostled for room, herbivores ran alongside giant predators.

Listener spotted a gaggle of juvenile coelurosaurs, gamely stalking their prey among the tree-trunk legs of the herbivores, at every moment risking death from a carelessly placed footfall or tail twitch.

But though there were great herbivores to fill the roles of antelopes, elephants, hippos, and wildebeests, and predators who hunted like lions, cheetahs, and hyenas, these animals were more closely related to birds than to any mammal.

In Africa there were archaic-looking long-necked giant herbivores and creatures like hippos with fat, low-slung bodies and powerfully clawed thumbs.

Animals can be classified spirituallyand there is no point in any other classification, such as the materialistic Linnean oneinto two great groups, herbivores and beasts of prey.

A herd of enormous medium to high browsing herbivores could easily overgraze conifers and cycads, leaving open spaces in which the fast-growing seeds of flowering plants could prosper.

Jurassic, angiosperms had spread very slowly, but after the extinctions at the end of that period, there was time for flowering plants to get going before the next batch of hungry herbivores took over.

The great herbivore herds, the duckbills and ankylosaurs, lifted their heads from their browsing and turned to face the south.

The intricate ecological relationships of herbivores and carnivores, of predators and prey, built up over a hundred and fifty million years, had utterly collapsed.