Tracks made by terrestrial gastropods with their radulas, scraping green algae from a surface inside a greenhouse
A herbivore is an animal anatomically and physiologically adapted to eating plant material, for example foliage, for the main component of its diet. As a result of their plant diet, herbivorous animals typically have mouthparts adapted to rasping or grinding. Horses and other herbivores have wide flat teeth that are adapted to grinding grass, tree bark, and other tough plant material.
Herbivore is the anglicized form of a modern Latin coinage, herbivora, cited in Charles Lyell's 1830 Principles of Geology.Richard Owen employed the anglicized term in an 1854 work on fossil teeth and skeletons.Herbivora is derived from the Latin herba meaning a small plant or herb, and vora, from vorare, to eat or devour.