adjective Etymology: Latin gramin-, gramen Date: 1739 feeding on grass or the seeds of grass <
graminivorous locusts
graminivorous birds

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  • Graminivorous — Gram i*niv o*rous, a. [L. gramen, graminis, grass + vorare to eat greedily.] Feeding or subsisting on grass, and the like food; said of horses, cattle, and other animals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graminivorous — feeding on grass, 1739, from gramini , comb. form of L. gramen (gen. graminis) grass, fodder, which perhaps ultimately is cognate with English GRASS (Cf. grass), + VOROUS (Cf. vorous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • graminivorous — [gram΄i niv′ə rəs] adj. [< L gramen, GRASS + I + VOROUS] feeding on grasses; grass eating …   English World dictionary

  • graminivorous — /gram euh niv euhr euhs/, adj. feeding or subsisting on grass: a graminivorous bird. [1730 40; < L gramin (s. of gramen) grass + I + VOROUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • graminivorous — adj. [L. gramen, grass; vorare, to devour] Grass eating …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • graminivorous — adjective /ɡɹæmɪˈnɪvəɹəs/ That eats grasses and seeds …   Wiktionary

  • graminivorous — gram·i·niv·o·rous .gram ə niv (ə )rəs adj feeding on grass * * * gram·i·niv·o·rous (gram″ĭ nivґə rəs) feeding or subsisting on grass or cereal grains …   Medical dictionary

  • graminivorous — feeding on grass or cereals Feeding and Eating …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • graminivorous — gram·i·niv·o·rous || ‚græmɪ nɪvÉ™rÉ™s adj. feeding on grass …   English contemporary dictionary

  • graminivorous — [ˌgramɪ nɪv(ə)rəs] adjective Zoology (of an animal) feeding on grass. Origin C18: from L. gramen, gramin grass + vorous …   English new terms dictionary

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