[hur-buh-vawr, -vohr] /ˈhɜr bəˌvɔr, -ˌvoʊr/

a animal.
an animal that feeds on grass and other plants
(informal) a liberal, idealistic, or nonmaterialistic person

1851, from Modern Latin herbivora (1830) or French herbivore (1748), from Latin herbivorus, from herba “a herb” + vorare “devour, swallow” (see voracity).
(hûr’bə-vôr’, ûr’-)
An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants. In a food chain, herbivores are primary consumers. Compare carnivore, detritivore.

herbivore [(hur-buh-vawr, ur-buh-vawr)]

A living thing that eats only plants. Cattle, sheep, and horses are herbivores.


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