frugivorous

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Latin frūx (fruit) +‎ -vorous

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frugivorous (comparative more frugivorous, superlative most frugivorous)

  1. Having a diet that consists mostly of fruit; fruit-eating.
    Although the vampire bat is known for feeding on blood, most species of bat eat insects, and many are frugivorous.
    • (Can we date this quote?), United States Department of Agriculture, AFRICAN TEPHRITIDAE: INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENING U.S. FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCTS[1]:
      All four primary objectives (development of diagnostic DNA tools for maggot identification; selection of natural enemies for biological control of tephritid pests; taxonomic work on tephritid flies; and discerning patterns of utilization wild host plants by frugivorous tephritid pests) were accomplished.

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