Arcane Vocabulary: Frugivorous (or, From Fruit Bats to Bollywood)

Here’s a fun word: frugivorous (froo-JIV-er-us).  Like carnivorous and herbivorous, it’s a word about diet (though, as far as I know, it’s way less useful for discussing dinosaurs than those other two).  It indicates an animal that eats fruit.  Like the fruit bat:

According to Merriam-Webster’s (online edition), the word’s composed of “Latin frug-, frux + English -vorous.”  Which, I have to say, gives a whole new twist to the 1960s dance craze the Frug.  Perhaps it was less about youthful rebellion, and more about the simple joys of fruit.

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3 thoughts on “Arcane Vocabulary: Frugivorous (or, From Fruit Bats to Bollywood)

  1. Seriously, that dance was about youthful rebellion? It looks about as rebellious as the hokey-pokey. Do you think every generation finds their recent ancestors this ridiculous? Also, I will be finding a way to work frugivorous into my vocabulary. Thanks for that.

  2. I think Efonia was a little nervous about the bats. Since they are frugiverous, one wonders what he had tucked under all that hair to make him so nervous!

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