Definition of frugivore in English:

frugivore

noun

Zoology
  • An animal that feeds on fruit.

    • ‘Second, I review the scanty literature on whether vertebrate frugivores prefer fruits with presumably higher levels of ethanol over conspecific fruits with presumably lower levels of ethanol.’
    • ‘Not only do microbial frugivores consume fruits and fail to disperse seeds, but they often render fruits unattractive to vertebrate frugivores that do disperse seeds.’
    • ‘During the late Cretaceous and early Paleocene periods plant-eating mammals were frugivores, presumably because fruit can be more easily processed than foliage.’
    • ‘Ethanol vapor emanating from palatable fruit may act as an odor cue, guiding bats and other frugivores to the fruit, and aiding them to assess its quality.’
    • ‘However, because of the great variety of microorganisms present in fruit, the associated effects on the interactions between vertebrate frugivores and fruiting plants may also be highly variable.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin frux, frug- ‘fruit’ + -vore (see -vorous).

Pronunciation

frugivore

/ˈfruːdʒɪvɔː/