Is It a Herbivorous or an Herbivorous?

hoose the article ("a" or "an") that best suits your own pronunciation. Remember, we use “a” with words that begin with a consonant sound.

Choose the article, a or an, that best suits your own pronunciation. Remember, we use “a” with words that begin with a consonant sound. Most British English speakers pronounce the word herbivorous with a sounded "h", and therefore say "a herbivorous...".

What is a herbivorous diet?

Relative frequency of the phrases a herbivorous and an herbivorous in British English
"A herbivorous" vs. "an herbivorous" in books through time (British English)
Source: Google Books Ngram Viewer

Americans can use either article according to their own pronunciation.

It’s a/an herbivorous dinosaur called Brachiosaurus.

Relative frequency of the phrases a herbivorous and an herbivorous in American English
"A herbivorous" vs. "an herbivorous" in books through time (American English)
Source: Google Books Ngram Viewer

Follow the same convention with the derived forms herbaceous, herbicide, and herbivore.

The plant was eaten by a/an herbivore.

While most Americans use the article "an" with the words herb and herbal (the "h" is silent), British English speakers typically pronounce the "h" and say "a herbal/herb".

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