herbivorous

A buffalo, a goose, a grasshopper, and a stegosaurus sit down to eat dinner. This isn’t a joke, it’s an example of herbivorous creatures who exist on a diet of plant life only.

Herbivorous comes from the Latin word herba, which means “green plants,” and that’s what herbivorous animals eat all the time: grass, leaves, and other plants. Some massive and strong animals actually have peaceful herbivorous eating habits, like gorillas and hippopotamuses. The opposite of herbivorous is carnivorous, which describes meat-eating beasts like lions, sharks, crocodiles, and your uncle Marvin who eats nothing but steak all day long.

Definitions of herbivorous
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adj feeding only on plants

Synonyms:
anthophagous, anthophilous
feeding on flowers
baccivorous
feeding on berries
carpophagous, fruit-eating
feeding on fruit
grass-eating
feeding on grasses
phytophagic, phytophagous, phytophilous, plant-eating
(of animals) feeding on plants
saprophagous, saprozoic
(of certain animals) feeding on dead or decaying animal matter
saprophytic
(of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter
Antonyms:
carnivorous
(used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals
omnivorous
feeding on both plants and animals
insectivorous
(of animals and plants) feeding on insects
flesh-eating, meat-eating, zoophagous
(of animals) carnivorous
piscivorous
feeding on fishes
predaceous, predacious
hunting and killing other animals for food
all-devouring
(of animals) both plant-eating and flesh-eating
apivorous
feeding on bees
myrmecophagous
feeding on ants
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