Yesterday, I watched a show on Animal Planet in which they were showing a type of bat called flying bat which lives only on fruits.

I referred a dictionary but I am not happy with the word herbivore. Herbivore eats leaves, vegetables, fruits or all food item which are not meat. The only word that I can think is fruit-eating animals. But I think like Herbivore, and carnivore there should be word for fruit eating animals.

Any help will be appreciated.

  • And humans on such a diet are called fruitarians – Graham Chiu Mar 27 '19 at 9:04
  • @GrahamChiu so that person eat only fruits? – Vicky.R Mar 27 '19 at 12:43

NOTE: First of all, it is called a Flying fox and not a Flying bat.

A Fruit-eating animal is readily understood. So it will make more sense than any other esoteric terms. But, if you prefer, then there are a couple of proper words to suit your need.

An animal who subsists mainly on fruits is called a frugivorous animal.

Frugivore is from the Latin frugi-, stem of frux "fruit, produce" + vorare "devour, swallow".

Oxford Dictionary on Frugivore (noun):

(Zoology) An animal that feeds on fruit.

Collins Dictionary also defines the word called Fructivorous. It is an adjective form of fructivore.

fruit-eating; frugivorous

Another, difficult and rare, word is

Carpophagous (adj.) The Oxford Dictionary defines it as

feeding on fruits

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