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herbivore Animal that feeds solely on plants. The term is most often applied to mammals, especially ruminants. Herbivores are characterized by broad molars and blunt-edged teeth, which they use to pull, cut, and grind their food. Their digestive systems are adapted to digest cellulose. See also rodent

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herbivore

herbivore An animal that eats vegetation, especially any of the plant-eating mammals, such as ungulates (cows, horses, etc.). Herbivores are characterized by having teeth adapted for grinding plants and alimentary canals specialized for digesting cellulose (see caecum).

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her·biv·ore / ˈ(h)ərbəˌvôr/ • n. an animal that feeds on plants. DERIVATIVES: her·biv·o·rous / (h)ərˈbiv(ə)rəs/ adj.

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herbivore A heterotroph that obtains energy by feeding on primary producers, usually green plants. Compare carnivore; detritivore; omnivore. See also food-chain.

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herbivore A heterotroph that obtains energy by feeding on primary producers, most usually green plants. Compare CARNIVORE; DETRITIVORE. See also FOOD CHAIN.

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herbivore: see carnivore.

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herbivore •Ifor • Gwynfor • herbivore • carnivore •omnivore • insectivore

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