• WordNet 3.6
    • adj herbivorous feeding only on plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are an estimated 285,000 species of flowering plants on Earth compared to 148,000 for all other plants. Flowering plants are very important because they provide food for herbivores - plant-eating animals - and for humans.
    • a Herbivorous (Zoöl) Eating plants; of or pertaining to the Herbivora.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • herbivorous Eating herbs; feeding on vegetables: distinguished from carnivorous, insectivorous, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Herbivorous eating or living on herbaceous plants
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. herbe—L. herba, akin to Gr. phorbē, pasture—pherbein, to feed.


In literature:

The restorative process is sooner completed in the carnivorous than in the herbivorous tribes.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
It is altogether herbivorous; and grass and the leaves of succulent plants form its subsistence.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
There are eight kinds of kangaroos, all of them herbivorous.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
It was herbivorous and adult, from the looks of its teeth and hoofs, though it only weighed about fifteen pounds.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
The greater dinosaurs were herbivorous.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
This animal belongs to the herbivorous class but is more ferocious than any of the carnivorous species.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
Nor are our resin-producing conifers, though they nourish a few beetles, favorites with the herbivorous tribes in a much greater degree.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
Herbivorous mammals at such times will trample and gore the distressed one to death.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Not large herbivores; for they would be soon drowned if by any accident carried out to sea.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
As for herbivorous animals in general, a similar organization must, in their cases, predispose them to receive the contagion.
"On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment" by Honoré Bourguignon

In news:

A tank with herbivorous fish decorated with artificial plants.
It is unique in that it is the first time that fisheries management has been used in an effort to save a reef in decline by protecting only the fish that eat algae ( herbivores ) and sea urchins to increase reef resilience.
Birthday Bash slated for Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area.
With sizable, specialized teeth, Suminia could eat plants with unparalleled dexterity, a natural skill that likely enabled terrestrial herbivores to diversify and flourish over a wide range of ecosystems, scientists said Wednesday.
Overfishing of herbivorous fish also contribute to decline of Fiji's reefs.
Steven Levy on Google, bugs found in herbivore guts for use in biofuel production, and a video about using algae to boost water quality.
Were bears such as Arctodus and Agriotherium predators, scavengers, herbivores, or some combination of the three.
Urban Herbivore's healthy claim stands up with nutrition-packed salad bowl .
Skillful herbivore chewed its way to top.
Jambi came to Tacoma from the National Zoo in Washington, DC Malayan tapirs are herbivores native to the dense lowland rainforests of Southern Burma, the Malay Peninsula, Thailand and Sumatra.
The Triceratops was a herbivorous dinosaur that was about 30 feet long, 10 feet high that weighed 6- to 12 tons.
Sauropods were long thought to have fallen into rapid decline at the end of the Jurassic period, around 145 million years ago—pushed to the evolutionary sidelines by new and improved herbivorous dinosaurs.
The taking of herbivorous animals allows the seaweed to grow unabated.
Researchers find that fishery closures in Belize's Glover's Reef help barracudas, groupers, and other predatory fish recover while the parrotfish and other herbivores essential for reef recovery still need more protection.
Nimbadons may have been largest herbivorous mammals to ever live in canopies there.

In science:

II.D) one sees vertices representing plants, herbivores, and carnivores.
The structure and function of complex networks
Many edges link the plants and herbivores, and many more the herbivores and carnivores.
The structure and function of complex networks
But there are few edges linking herbivores to other herbivores, or carnivores to plants.
The structure and function of complex networks
With their hypothesis, they found a transition from a uniform stable state to a new steady state in which plant and herbivore are more concentrated in certain regions, depending on the model parameters.
Stochastic population dynamics in turbulent fields
The variable used for classification is the feeding type which takes 6 values, namely primary producer, omnivorous, herbivorous/detrivorous, carnivorous, detrivorous, and carnivorous/detrivorous.
Supervised Blockmodelling