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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century


(Of an animal) Feeding on grain.

Examples of Granivorous in a sentence

"Granivorous animals such as rabbits and birds are drawn to our garden to feed on the sunflowers and black-eyed susans."

"I love watching squirrels play, so I lured the granivorous animals to my yard with a variety of seeds and grain."

About Granivorous

Granivorous comes from Latin, where "grānivorus" means "to eat grain."

Did you Know?

A granivorous animal eats seeds and grains from plants. Squirrels, mice, chipmunks, and even deer are granivorous mammals, but many birds, including blackbirds, woodpeckers, and parrots, are also granivorous — as are insects such as ants, crickets, and weevils. While they need to eat to survive, granivorous creatures are the culprits of seed predation — the practice of eating seeds directly out of living plants, which leaves them damaged and unable to reproduce.

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