I am looking for a word meaning the action of ingesting food by plant-eating animals.

I think predation is only for carnivores.

Are there some alternative words of predation for plant-eating animals?

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    What do you think 'predation' means, and why do you think it can only be used for carnivores?
    – Joachim
    Commented May 22, 2021 at 21:58

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For herbivores, I would prefer using foraging

food for animals especially when taken by browsing or grazing.

Predation would typically be used when the food source is sentient, and capable of escaping. When the food source is immobile, the term foraging sounds much better.

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