One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An animal that feeds on fruit.
- ‘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.’
- ‘During the late Cretaceous and early Paleocene periods plant-eating mammals were frugivores, presumably because fruit can be more easily processed than foliage.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 20th century: from Latin frux, frug- ‘fruit’ + -vore (see -vorous).
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