Definition of frugivorous in US English:

frugivorous

noun

Zoology
  • (of an animal) feeding on fruit.

    • ‘Little is known, however, about either the natural occurrence of ethanol within fruits or the behavioral responses of frugivorous animals to such cues.’
    • ‘Accordingly, the hypothesized deterrence of ethanol to frugivorous vertebrates, or specifically primates, is unsubstantiated.’
    • ‘Furthermore, fruits in the temperate zone are typically removed by frugivorous vertebrates before they become damaged or show signs of rot.’
    • ‘The natural occurrence of ethanol within ripe and fermenting fruit suggests that low-level ethanol exposure via dietary ingestion is characteristic of all frugivorous metazoans.’
    • ‘All pteropodids are frugivorous or nectarivorous.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin frux, frug- ‘fruit’ + -vorous.

Pronunciation

frugivorous

/fruˈdʒɪvərəs//fro͞oˈjivərəs/