Definition of herbivory in English:



mass noun
  • The state or condition of feeding on plants.

    ‘pandas' shift to herbivory makes them particularly sensitive to this habitat loss’
    • ‘Atsatt and O'Dowd argued that the susceptibility of a plant to herbivory is affected by the identity and proximity of its neighbors.’
    • ‘I have characterized induced resistance of cucumber plants to spider mite herbivory in detail elsewhere.’
    • ‘Any change in a plant that occurs following herbivory is an ‘induced response’.’
    • ‘Also, plant herbivory is an unlikely explanation for the decline in inflorescence number because plants were caged during this study.’
    • ‘The outcome of herbivory on plant community structure and composition is dependent on herbivore selectivity and species tolerance.’


1960s: from herbivore + -y.