One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 18th century: from Latin frux, frug- ‘fruit’ + -vorous.
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