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browse on (something)

To nibble or graze on plants, as of an animal. What can I do to keep animals from browsing on my plants?
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browse over

To casually or quickly look over something. Just browse over the pamphlet—you don't have to read it word for word.
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browse among something

1. [for an animal] to wander about among plants and trees, selecting and eating some. The deer were browsing among the vegetables in my garden. The cows were browsing among the grasses in the field.
2. [for someone] to look at or survey different items of reading material. I browsed among the books on the rack until I found what I wanted. I browsed among the books for something suitable.
See also: among, browse

browse on something

[for an animal] to feed on some kind of plant material. The deer browsed on the tender shoots in my garden. The rabbit browsed on my carrots.
See also: browse, on

browse over something

 and browse through something
[for someone] to glance through written or printed material quickly or curiously. Why don't you browse over this and call me about it in the morning? I want to browse through this magazine quickly. When it has been browsed through by everyone, throw it away.
See also: browse, over


and browse
in. to eat a bit of everything at parties. We will just graze on party snacks rather than eat a full meal. I think I’ll just browse here and skip going out to dinner.


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Because of the compensatory and generally higher quality regrowth reviewed above, browsed plants, especially deciduous plants, have a higher probability of being rebrowsed, resulting in even greater consumption in subsequent years (Bergstrom 1984, Danell and Huss-Danell 1985, Danell et al.
svlvestris individuals from fertile habitats were browsed more intensively than pines from infertile habitats because of their larger shoot size and higher quality food.
Balsam fir from the open habitats of thinned stands are more intensively browsed than those from unthinned stands because of higher crude fat, protein, and nutrient concentrations (Thompson et al.
Although the total dry matter production of an individual genet is usually not curtailed outright by browsing, height growth of browsed seedlings and suckers is then curtailed in favor of increased production of new side shoots or new ramets.
In part, this may be due to reduced short shoot production of browsed plants, as noted above.
This suggests that browsed individuals die because of increased light limitations as they become overtopped by adjacent unbrowsed individuals.
McLaren (1996) also found that shoot-browsed balsam fir is more likely to die when canopy cover was greater than 60% compared to browsed individuals grown under a more open canopy.
mariana) community with an understory of heavily browsed preferred species with increased moose population density.
Vegetation surveys conducted within the Park revealed that 26 of 36 available browse species were used in 1977, whereas 22 of 29 available species were browsed in 1996.
Canada yew, mountain maple, white birch, chuckley pear, and ovalleaf bilberry were browsed in significantly greater proportions than their relative availability in 1977.
Prescott (1977) indicated that the most important browse species for moose in Gros Morne National Park were Canada yew, mountain maple, balsam fir, white birch, and chuckley pear which composed 79% of twigs browsed by moose in 1977.
Mean density of browsed twigs (/ha) by ecoregion in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.