Definition of herbivory in English:



  • The eating of plants, especially ones that are still living.

    ‘in response to herbivory, plants defend themselves with arrays of structural and chemical weapons’
    • ‘The outcome of herbivory on plant community structure and composition is dependent on herbivore selectivity and species tolerance.’
    • ‘Atsatt and O'Dowd argued that the susceptibility of a plant to herbivory is affected by the identity and proximity of its neighbors.’
    • ‘Also, plant herbivory is an unlikely explanation for the decline in inflorescence number because plants were caged during this study.’
    • ‘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’.’


Mid 20th century: from herbivor(ous) + -y.