plural noun
Phy·​toph·​a·​ga | \ fīˈtäfəgə \

Definition of Phytophaga

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of several groups of vegetable-feeding animals: such as
a : a very large division of Coleoptera comprising beetles that have all the tarsi apparently 4-jointed, the head not rostrate, the labrum exposed, and the palpi never wholly occluded in the mouth and including the families Bruchidae, Chrysomelidae, and Cerambycidae or being made coextensive with Chrysomelidae
b : a division of Hymenoptera comprising forms (as the sawflies) with larvae that feed on plants
c : a group of Edentata including the sloths


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Definition of Phytophaga (Entry 2 of 2)

: a genus of gall midges

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Plural noun

New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga


New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga

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“Phytophaga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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