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plural noun

: any of several groups of vegetable-feeding animals: such as
: 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
: a division of Hymenoptera comprising forms (as the sawflies) with larvae that feed on plants
: a group of Edentata including the sloths


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: a genus of gall midges

Word History


Plural noun

New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga


New Latin, from phyt- + -phaga

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“Phytophaga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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