Describing someone who eats wood

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  • Xylophagous — Xy*loph a*gous, a. [Gr. ? eating wood; xy lon wood + ? to eat.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Eating, boring in, or destroying, wood; said especially of certain insect larv[ae], crustaceans, and mollusks. (b) Of or pertaining to the genus {Xylophaga}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • xylophagous — [zī läf′ə gəs] adj. [Gr xylophagos: see XYLO & PHAGOUS] eating, boring into, or destroying wood, as certain mollusks or the larvae of certain insects …   English World dictionary

  • xylophagous — adjective Etymology: Greek xylophagos, from xyl + phagos phagous Date: 1739 feeding on or in wood < xylophagous insects > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • xylophagous — adj. [Gr. xylon, wood; phagein, to eat] Wood eating …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • xylophagous — /zuy lof euh geuhs/, adj. 1. feeding on wood, as certain insects or insect larvae. 2. perforating or destroying timber, as certain mollusks, crustaceans, and fungi. [1835 45; < Gk xylophágos. See XYLO, PHAGOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • xylophagous — adjective a) Feeding on wood. b) Destructive to wood. See Also: xylophage, xylophagy …   Wiktionary

  • xylophagous — wood eating Feeding and Eating …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • xylophagous — [zʌɪ lɒfəgəs] adjective Zoology feeding on or boring into wood …   English new terms dictionary

  • xylophagous — a. Wood eating, living on wood, feeding on wood, wood nourished …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • xylophagous — xy·loph·a·gous …   English syllables

  • xylophagous — xy•loph•a•gous [[t]zaɪˈlɒf ə gəs[/t]] adj. ecl feeding on, perforating, or decomposing wood, as certain insects, insect larvae, or crustaceans • Etymology: 1835–45; < Gk xylophágos. See xylo , phagous …   From formal English to slang

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